Park Place donates to Vaughan-Smitherman Museum

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The Selma Times Journal

Charles and Jo Hise, co-owners

of Dunn Inc. and Park Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, donated a portrait of the old King Memorial Hospital to the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum Tuesday afternoon in the presence of family and friends.

Jo said the portrait of the hospital was given to her by Dunn Nursing Home founder Ellen Dunn, who passed away two years ago.

Jo met Dunn in 1994 and a friendship blossomed. At her apartment on Mabry Street, Dunn would often share stories of her and husband’s life at King Memorial Hospital over tea or coffee with Jo. Hise considers it a privilege to have known Dunn and refers to her as a &8220;true lady of excellence.&8221;

Jo said without the Dunns’ contributions to the city of Selma, places like Dunn Nursing Home Park Place may not be available to residents today.

The portrait will be placed on the third floor of the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum. The third floor has been restored recently to showcase relics of Selma’s medical care history, said Anne Laurie Williams, chairperson of the Friends of the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum.