NEW HAVEN – Sister Anne Virginie Grimes, former president of the Hospital of St. Raphael and its parent system, died on July 14 in Convent Station, N.J., at St. Anne Villa, the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth’s skilled nursing facility. She was 84.
"Sister Anne was a powerful advocate for St. Raphael’s patients, staff, physicians and the greater New Haven community," said Christopher O’Connor, president and CEO of St. Raphael.
Sister Anne served in leadership roles at St. Raphael’s for 34 years. A native of Waterbury, she joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth – the religious congregation that founded and continues to sponsor St. Raphael’s – in 1949. She dedicated most of her career to St. Raphael’s, initially joining the hospital’s board of trustees in 1967.
She subsequently served as administrator of the hospital, president of the parent system, president of the St. Raphael Foundation and vice chairperson of the board.
Under Sister Anne’s leadership, St. Raphael’s grew physically, technologically and clinically.
She oversaw the $33 million expansion project that included construction of the Dr. Luca E. Celentano, Sister Louise Anthony, Center for Caring and Orchard Medical Center buildings; as well as construction of the Father Michael J. McGivney Center for Cancer Care and the acquisition of St. Regis Health Center, St. Raphael’s 125-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility that was subsequently renamed in Sister Anne’s honor.
Sister Anne also championed community outreach activities, including Project MotherCare, Project ElderCare, the Smiles to Go dental van and the HOPE welfare-to-work skills development program.
Sister Anne was born in Waterbury, a daughter of George Vincent and Anne (Brady) Grimes. She entered the Sisters of Charity on Oct. 2, 1949.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 17 in Convent Station, where burial followed.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Charity Development Fund, P.O. Box 476, Convent Station, NJ 07961-0476.