When the Community of Hope (COH) held a grand-opening celebration for its relocated and expanded Family Health and Birth Center on April 30, many current patients, neighbors, and COH supporters had their first glimpse of the new facility on Bladensburg Road NE. One of the examination rooms at the 20,000+-square-foot center, the only freestanding birth center in the District, is named in honor of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School faculty and staff.
Head of School Peter A. Barrett and his wife Katherine Epes, themselves longtime COH supporters, chose to honor Day School faculty and staff with their gift in support of the Family Health and Birth Center. In the accompanying photo, Peter stands outside the examination room, with its temporary signage, with Molly McShane W ‘06. Molly, who became a registered nurse two years ago, will graduate soon from the Yale School of Nursing with a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) degree. In her final clinical rotation at COH, Molly caught the first baby born in the new birth center in the weeks leading up to the grand-opening celebration as well as the third baby born several hours before the celebration.
Molly is the sister of Michael ‘10 and Memuna ‘11 and the daughter of Kevin McShane and Kelly Sweeney McShane. Kelly has been the president and chief executive officer of COH since 2001. Founded in 1980, COH is a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission-driven nonprofit that provides housing, healthcare, and supportive services for families in low-income communities in the District of Columbia. COH works to improve health access and equity and to end and prevent family homelessness in the District.