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Delivering more than just care for patients

Dec. 18, 2015

Villa Coronado patients receive handmade blankets

Elf and Villa Coronado activity staff member, Susan Actley, delivers a handmade quilt to patient Julie Hail.

The people of Sharp HealthCare strive to create a culture of caring that extends beyond the clinical experience. From doctors to nurses, employees and volunteers, the people of Sharp play an important part in the patient and family experience.

A clear example of this care and generosity was recently evident at Sharp Coronado Hospital. Inside the long-term care unit, a holiday gathering was gearing up not for the staff, but for a surprise-gifting event for patients.

Hospital employees — some dressed as elves in head-to-toe, red and green — delivered handmade quilts to their long-term residents. The thought was to bring a little touch of home to their environment and provide them with something to unwrap during the holiday season.

The Quilting Group at Sharp Coronado worked over a three-month period, creating nearly 30 handmade quilts, lap blankets and shawls. The quilts are lap-size so patients can use them while in their wheelchairs or in their beds. Auxiliary volunteers and a few employees made the quilts, including Susan Stone, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Coronado Hospital.

"These beautiful gifts are made with love by our volunteers," says Stone. "As one of the quilt makers, I could not have imagined the impact we would have. It was overwhelming to see their emotion as they received their gifts."

It was clear in the first patient's eyes. As Stone handed him one of the quilts, he did not speak, but his eyes — welled up with tears — told those who were there how he felt about the kind gesture.

"We created a memory they will carry with them throughout the year, and reminded ourselves why we went into health care — to make a difference in the lives of our patients," adds Stone.

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