A jolly old elf made his way through the hospital, as well as our top “In the Moment” posts during December. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.2. Every day these 75 brave kids deal with a variety of diagnoses — such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy (CP), autism, Spina Bifida, paralysis and pulmonary problems. In December, they held their heads high with pride during our 6th annual Dance Unlimited holiday recital in partnership with Inspirations Dance Academy, LLC. 3. Recognize these Akron-area landmarks painted on the windows of our bridge? Shout out to art students from Chapel Hill Christian School for doing such a great job! 4. When tragedy strikes our intensive care, palliative care and bereavement teams are there for families in need. The heartbreaking story of Caiden Balash appeared in the Canton Repository. 5. For nearly 30 years, staff throughout the organization have secretly adopted and fulfilled Christmas wish lists for patients like Logan Keith and their siblings. 6. Every year, Kamryn Wokojance and her family visit the NICU, where she spent 79 days as a newborn, and they deliver miniature lighted Christmas trees they have crafted for every patient. 7. Congratulations were in order for 183 employees who marked a service anniversary milestone this quarter! Their combined service equals 1,990 years of expertise. 8. What helps pass time in the hospital? For 13-year-old Colton, a video wall for gaming is just one of many amenities in the new Infusion & Sedation Center that’s enhancing his experience during 3-hour infusions to fight the effects of Crohn’s disease. 9. The season was brighter for 5 families in our Palliative Care program who battle serious, complicated or life-threatening health conditions every day of the year. Their Christmas wish lists were fulfilled by John and Denise Hirschbeck and donors of their The Magic of Michael Foundation in memory of their son.
10. Happy Hanukkah! Our staff is celebrated with you! Among the holiday decorations brightening our spaces this year were 2 Hanukkah displays and a menorah in our chapel.