OXNARD, CA – October 28, 2021 – The Acute Rehabilitation team at Dignity Health-St. John’s Regional Medical Center made a couple’s dream come true by hosting a wedding in the groom’s patient room.
David Christy and his now-wife, Wendy Christy, never imagined re-marrying each other in a hospital room. However, after David suffered two strokes on his birthday in early October, the couple knew there was no better time than now to make their union official.
“David’s condition was a good reminder to evaluate our priorities,” says Wendy Christy. “At one point he was so ill, and all I could think is, ‘I want to be married to him’.”
In celebration of the couple’s nuptials, the Acute Rehab team mobilized to arrange for David and Wendy’s pastor to officiate the marriage. The lovely couple exchanged vows while members of the care team witnessed from a distance. After the couple said, “I do,” the staff surprised the newlyweds with a wedding cake.
“This is exactly what we needed,” said David Christy when asked about his hospital wedding.
David and Wendy first met 35 years ago and married soon after. Early on in their relationship, they divorced and got back together two years later. Twenty-five years later, they are now once again husband and wife.
About Dignity Health - St. John's Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1912, Dignity Health - St. John's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a 365-bed, acute care, non-profit hospital located in Oxnard, Calif. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, SJRMC has been named a Top 250 hospital by Healthgrades. As a leader in stroke care, SJRMC is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and is a recipient of the American Heart Association's, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, SJRMC is highly recognized for excellence in cardiac care and has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Shield of California. Its Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC is home to the only all-private room, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ventura County.