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Holiday Festivities Abound at Lutheran Children’s Hospital

Pediatric patients receive extra attention during the holidays to keep spirits high

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013) – Patients at Lutheran Children’s Hospital benefit year-round from the outpouring of generosity this community demonstrates, especially during the holidays. Each December, there are multiple opportunities to capture the kindness of the season through the donation of time, talent and treasure. LCH appreciates the one-time visits and the long-term support for its young patients from throughout the region.

Just a few of the special activities happening this week before Christmas are listed below. Media must notify Lizette Downey or Geoff Thomas if interested in covering any of these activities as consent of patients will need to be coordinated.

DATE TIME  ACTIVITY
Dec. 17 2:30 p.m. Akzo Nobel Coatings, a Michigan-based company donating five blue
wagons for pediatric units to use or give away to patients
 
Dec. 18 9:30 a.m. Jean and her Bernese Mountain therapy dogs Yukon and Yahtzee
visiting patients
10 a.m.  Corvette Club donating two iPads in Otterbox cases, Wii and DS Games
and toys

Dec. 19 9:45 a.m. Roanoke Elementary School’s kindergarten class caroling and using
sign language

Dec. 20 3:30 p.m. North Side High School football team’s annual gift delivery

Dec. 23 2:30 p.m. Preferred Auto bringing Santa delivering stuffed animals
    Fremont High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes delivering gifts

Even before LCH opened in 1999, Lutheran was already building a strong reputation regionwide for providing families easy access to specialized pediatric care that had historically only been available in larger metropolitan areas. Today, LCH teams with 68 pediatricians from across the region and state who practice in 20 areas of pediatric specialty. This “hospital within a hospital” now includes a separate pediatric emergency department and offers an environment filled with imagination and color throughout. The design of the tree house elevator, specially decorated rooms, hallways and waiting areas invite children and their families to focus on something other than the often unpleasant purpose of their visit. Lutheran Children’s Hospital believes children are special people, not just small adults.


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