Tree of Light Celebration honors loved ones

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Greenwich, CT (Nov. 20, 2018) – Area residents gathered at the Greenwich Hospital annual Tree of Light celebration on Monday to benefit the Palliative Care Program.

The non-denominational event featured readings and music, culminating with the lighting of an evergreen tree strung with hundreds of lights in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Donations to the Tree of Light benefit our Palliative Care Program. Palliative Care focuses on symptom, pain management and quality of life issues for adult patients with complex, chronic or terminal illnesses at any stage of the illness, with a focus on emotional, physical and spiritual support. Should you wish to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, a special physician or nurse, please donate here.

This year’s celebration included a welcome from Norman G. Roth, Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, and remarks by Dickerman Hollister, MD, section head, Hematology Oncology. “When we see your faces, we remember the devotion and care you gave to your loved ones,” said Roth. “We remember your courage as you faced diagnoses and treatments together, and we remember your love.”

Father Eddie Lopez, director of Spiritual Care, gave the invocation and Rabbi Mary Jane Newman, Spiritual Care offered the benediction in both Hebrew and English. The volunteer acapella vocal group The Grace Notes performed two songs.

The tree will remain on the terrace throughout the holiday season before being planted in the hospital’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden.

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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