Some newlyweds save the floral arrangements from their wedding. Others allow their guests to take the flowers home. A husband and wife who were wed in Cooperstown over the weekend gave their arrangements to patients at Bassett Medical Center.
Anna Politano and Tad Ruckert of Rochester, were married at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown on Saturday, according to Bassett officials. The next day, before leaving for Canada on their honeymoon, Politano and Ruckert collected the two dozen French bouquets from their wedding and delivered them to the Cooperstown hospital to be given to patients.
The bride and groom have connections to the medical community, they said, so hospital patients are near to their hearts. Politano's mother, Denine Jacob, is director of compensation and benefits at Bassett. Ruckert is a third-generation obstetrician and gynecologist at his family’s Rochester medical practice, and he did his cardiology rotation at the Cooperstown hospital in his fourth year of medical school.
His father, G. Theodore Ruckert IV, completed an internship at Bassett in the late 1960s and is vice president of the Bassett Medical Alumni Association.
“I know from being around a hospital environment that the holiday time frame can be particularly difficult on patients, especially if they expected to be home for the holiday season," Ruckert said. "Anything we can do to make the day brighter for them while they’re in the hospital, we’d like to do."
Hospital officials said the flowers "lit up the faces of patients" as the bouquets were distributed on inpatient floors. Laurie Murphy, team leader of hospital guest services, said the hospital is "so grateful to Tad and Anna" for the donation.
"It was such a thoughtful thing to do and well-received by our patients," Murphy said. "The flowers bring beauty and some happiness into a setting that can be quite difficult for individuals who are hospitalized for treatment of a medical condition."
The bouquets, made of white roses and ranunculus, were purchased from Renaissance Floral Design in Albany, according to the couple. Cathy Gatta, director of operations at the business, said several floral designers at the shop worked together to make the bouquets. The flowers should last about a week, she said.
Gatta said she wishes more newlyweds would donate their flowers in this way.
"We hate to see when we come back to pick up and the arrangements are left behind or thrown away," Gatta said. "This was such a beautiful idea. Tad and Anna are a wonderful couple, and thinking of others at a time that's usually so busy and crazy is just awesome."