For the past three years, chaplains, employees and volunteers at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center have joined forces to bring festive cheer to all patients and their families celebrating the holidays in the hospital.
During the week before Christmas, special holiday cards and poinsettias are delivered to each patient in the hospital. Many also enjoy special performances by the "Sharp Singers," who carol around the hospital to bring the joy of the holiday season to patients, families and staff.
These activities began in 2013 and quickly transformed as part of Sharp Chula Vista's Planetree patient-centered-care when the hospital became a Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital in 2014. This coveted recognition signifies a hospital’s excellence in providing treatment that extends well beyond caring for a patient’s ailments and aiming to heal the person as a whole.
According to Sharp Chula Vista’s Chaplain Bogar Hernandez, music definitely assists in the healing process for patients.
"We share the gift of music and song with our patients and families during special occasions throughout the year," explains Hernandez. "Through music, we put smiles on our patients’ faces during times when they need it the most, especially during the holidays; some families even request songs. It's an honor to provide a different kind of support for our patients that goes beyond bedside care, helping set the intention to heal."
This year, the Sharp Singers will perform on Christmas Eve for patients and their families throughout the hospital.
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