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Hospital Nurses and Kindergarteners Bring Christmas Cheer to Patients

ORANGE CITY, Fla., January 21, 2014 – Thanks to Emily Harrell’s kindergarten class at Ivy Hawn Charter School in Lake Helen, the patients in Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) over Christmas received special well wishes on the holiday.

The children made 40 cards for the hospital’s PCU units, complete with hand-drawn pictures and heartfelt messages written in crayon and marker, wishing the patients a merry Christmas and a quick recovery.

On the PCU, patients are less critical than Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, but they require more care than provided on the regular nursing floors. The nurses at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s PCU understand how hard it can be for both patients and their families to be in the hospital on holidays. That’s why they partnered with the kindergarten class to plan something a little extra special for their patients.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the nurses purchased poinsettia plants and gave them, along with a hand-crafted get-well card from the kindergartners, to the hospital’s PCU patients.

“Some of the patients were brought to tears. They were so thankful for a gift on Christmas,” said Meagan Harrell, a registered nurse at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.

In addition to caring for patients in the hospital’s second floor PCU, Meagan Harrell is also serves on the Unit Practice Counsel (UPC). The Orange City hospital’s UPC is a committee dedicated to improving both the care for patients, as well as the processes for nurses and physicians. The UPC purchased the poinsettias for this project and assisted in distributing them, along with the cards, to patients.

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.

Photo Caption:
The children in Emily Harrell’s kindergarten class at Ivy Hawn Charter School made 40 cards for the patients in Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) over Christmas. The cards included hand-drawn pictures and heartfelt messages written in crayon and marker, wishing the patients a merry Christmas and a quick recovery.