About 850 people gathered at Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday to pay tribute to the memory of one volunteer and dedicate a new women's health care center in her name.
The $28 million Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion, off Jennifer Road in Annapolis, is the final piece to the U-shaped complex that was planned in 1984.
A 24,500 square-foot ambulatory surgery center and a 38,700 square-foot oncology treatment center were completed six years ago.
The Clatanoff Pavilion was dedicated by a number of dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, friends and family.
The Richard I. Edwards Surgical Pavilion -- named after the hospital foundation's first $1 million donor and housed in the Clatanoff building -- also was opened.
"She was a tireless volunteer who gave of her talents and certainly of her time," said Daniel W. McNew, chairman of the Anne Arundel Health System Board of Trustees and friend of Mrs. Clatanoff's for about 45 years.
"The hospital was a part of her life. . . . She knew that this women's center's dedication to women and babies was important."
Mrs. Clatanoff died in July 1992 of pancreatic cancer. But she did not depart without leaving behind her legacy, said Mr. McNew.
"In another time, she might have been a CEO for a Fortune 500 company," he said. "She had the talent for it. But Annapolis is lucky that she was here."
The three-level, 114,000 square-foot building houses a breast imaging center, 22 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms, and 14 patient, post-surgical recovery rooms for women who have had Caesarean deliveries and gynecological surgery.
"It's such a great benefit to the community," said Diane Clatanoff White, Mrs. Clatanoff's daughter. "We're real proud."
Mrs. Clatanoff was born on Sept. 22, 1917 in Annapolis. A fifth-generation native of Annapolis, Mrs. Clatanoff graduated from Annapolis High School and went to a business college in Baltimore, her daughter said.
She married William Clatanoff, a merchant, in 1938. Mrs. White said her mother balanced raising two children and assisting nonprofit organizations, such as the Severn Town Club and Historic Annapolis.
Before Mrs. Clatanoff died, hospital officials informed her of their decision to name the new women's health care center after her, said Mrs. White.
"I think she was extremely surprised, but greatly pleased," Mrs. White said.
Hospital officials also recognized 450 people who contributed a minimum of $500 each to place the name of a loved one on an Honor Roll of Women" in the Pavilion foyer.
One woman at the dedication said the pavilion is opening just in time for her.
"I'm very excited that there's a special unit of care here just for women," said 36-year-old Theresa Layden of Annapolis, who is eight months pregnant.
"Everyone's timid in a large hospital. It's nice to have one right in your own community."