BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Barbara Polly knew there was a need for a chapel at Lonesome Pine Hospital. Days before the new chapel’s completion, she saw that need firsthand.
“We were in the chapel putting on some finishing touches when two women walked in, kneeled down and started to pray,” Polly said. “At first they just ignored us, quietly saying their prayers. When they were finished they told us what had happened – a family member had just had a baby that was born with a cleft pallet, and the child was about to be transferred to another hospital.
“The women needed a place to pray for their loved ones. Afterwards, they said they were so appreciative to have the place to do so – we knew this was something the hospital needed.”
It’s something the hospital now has. On Friday, Feb. 28, LPH will officially dedicate its new Edyth Bailey Lindner Chapel. All media are invited to attend.
The chapel was funded by with monies raised by the 2001 Three Star Gala Lonesome Pine Benefit, said Polly, the 2001 gala chairman.
“All of the galas that year were going to use the money to fund a Planetree project,” Polly said. “Planetree is a philosophy that focuses on a patient’s body, mind and spirit, so a chapel was something we thought would encompass all three of those ideas.”
The chapel is named in honor of Edyth Bailey Lindner, a Southwest Virginia native and current resident of Ohio. Lindner donated most of the money to fund the chapel, as well as the money to buy a large stained-glass window. Lindner made the donations in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Carr Bailey.
“The stained glass depicts a pastoral scene,” Polly said. “There are mountains and trees and a stream – it is very applicable in theme to the area.”
The chapel, which is located just off the hospital’s main lobby, will not promote any specific faith, Polly said.
“There is also a skylight, a kneeling rail and six pews donated in honor or in memory of other local supporters of the hospital,” she said.
Hiram Rash of Cain Rash West Architects in Kingsport designed the chapel.
“This is something we know will help bring comfort to our patients, their families and our employees,” said Mark Floro, president of Lonesome Pine. “Our goal is to provide whatever care we can to our patients, so I can’t think of a better use of our volunteers’ time and effort than this chapel.”