– August 13, 2007
– Norfolk native James D. Finley, II, 94, recently donated the 3-story Windermere Apartment building in Ghent to Sentara Health Foundation. The building consists of six apartments, which as they become available, will provide convenient housing for nurses, medical staff and students, administrative residents, and newly recruited physicians.
“Affordable housing in the Ghent area of Norfolk is very difficult for medical specialists and students to find. Medical professionals staying at the new Johnson-Finley Center will experience a legacy of hospitality provided by Mr. Finley’s very generous gift. We hope offering a personal setting nearby for their use will ease some of the burden associated with their very challenging schedules,” say Gina Pitrone director of Sentara Health Foundation.
“I’m honoring my wife and her family by giving this building to Norfolk General Hospital,” says Finley. “A visiting doctor wouldn’t have far to go to see patients, just a few blocks,” continues Finley.
Assessed at more than $460,000 and located blocks from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
at 1500 Hampton Boulevard, Finley believes the building could help the hospital in its mission of improving the health of the community.
To be renamed the Johnson-Finley Center, Finley honors the memories of his late wife Frances Johnson Finley and in-laws Ralph W. Johnson and Harriette Kirby Johnson with the gift. About the Building
Constructed in 1927, today, the 3-story Windermere building in the Ghent area of Norfolk consists of 6 apartments. The hospital will honor the current leases and has plans to renovate apartments as they become available over the next five years. For decades, a portion of the building served as residence for the Johnson family. About the Johnson Family
Farmers seeking to expand their enterprise, Ralph W. Johnson and Harriette Kirby Johnson relocated to Norfolk from Ohio in the early 1920s and built Windermere Apartments in 1927 where they lived until their deaths.
Frances Johnson was born in the Ghent section of Norfolk in 1917, and was the daughter of Harriette and Ralph W. Johnson. She was a lifelong member of Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk. She married James D. Finley in Norfolk in 1942. An accomplished gardener with a particular interest in roses, she was a member and former president of the Garden Club of Norfolk. She died in 2000.
To learn more about Sentara Health Foundation, or how to make a contribution, please visit the Sentara Health Foundation page at www.sentara.com