Seminary hosts Fort Worth mayor’s key presentation
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price presented Gheorghe Carp, deputy mayor of Oradea, Romania, with a key to the city during a luncheon on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, July 27. Carp, who is also a physician, and others from Romania were in Fort Worth to meet with doctors and administrators at Cook Children’s Hospital as part of an ongoing partnership.
“Thank you so much for being here in Fort Worth,” Price said as she presented Carp with the key.
“We look forward to working with you and helping show you our city. We’re thrilled that you’re here to see Cook’s because it is a highlight for us and a wonderful hospital. We look forward to seeing the exchange of knowledge going forward.”
Carp expressed appreciation for the honor and wished Price “success and great achievement” during her term as mayor. He also gave Price a formal invitation to visit Oradea.
“You have a great and beautiful city,” Carp said. “I do believe something of the beauty of your city will be taken with us to Romania, and you will see it whenever you come.”
Officials are working to restructure the healthcare system in Oradea, including developing more administrative support to doctors and shifting healthcare oversight from a federal to a local government level. Carp started a pilot program in Oradea for this transition. Additionally, the Mayor of Oradea signed a contract this week to break ground on a new Cancer Care Center for adults and children.
The partnership between Oradea’s children’s hospital and Cook Children’s continues to flourish. Members from Cook’s Child Life program traveled to Romania in March 2010 to train medical students and hospital personnel as well as introduce Child Life to doctors and administrators.
Ilie Soritau, a professor at Emanuel University of Oradea, started the Oradea-Fort Worth connection. In 2005, Soritau’s daughter Tori was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that attacks the nervous system, and the family encountered difficulties finding treatment in Romania.
Dorothy Patterson, wife of Southwestern Seminary president Paige Patterson and a friend of the Soritaus, made arrangements and urged the family to come to Fort Worth. The seminary provided a furnished duplex apartment for the family while Tori spent an entire year receiving medical treatment at Cook Children’s Hospital. Soritau also taught at Southwestern Seminary from 2006 to 2010.
Ilie’s wife Raelene wrote a children’s book based on their experience, titled “A Princess Story,” and dedicated it to Mrs. Patterson, including her as a main character. The book, illustrated by 30-year Disney animator Mark Henn, details the family’s difficult journey through treatment for Tori’s cancer, giving God the glory for carrying the family through it and for miraculously healing Tori. The story also features Dr. Meaghan Granger, a pediatric oncologist at Cook Children’s, as a character.