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Tables will be festively arranged for the Rehab patients and their invited guests while a delicious holiday meal consisting of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, and cranberry sauce awaits them. To help increase the holiday spirit, some members of the City of Angels Community Choir Master Chorale will provide a seasonal holiday show with a patient and guests sing-along.
The Inpatient Rehab Holiday Party is an annual event that celebrates the holiday for the patients that are not able to celebrate the holidays while they are in the hospital. Many of them are focused on their therapies and their recovery. The Center for Rehabilitation Medicine is a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to treating people who have suffered any major disabling condition from brain injury, stroke, multiple trauma, neurological disorders, or sports injuries to help them regain their abilities and independence. “It can be an uplifting event. Many patients are in the hospital for weeks and do not get an opportunity to spend some quality time with their families or friends outside of their hospital room. Providing a holiday dinner and entertainment for them not only spreads the holiday cheer, but it promotes Humankindness and many of the core values that we strive for here at Northridge Hospital,” states Dr. Kevin Pidgeon, Medical Director.
The Rehab Holiday Party has been an established annual event for over 25 years and the City of Angels Community Choir Master Chorale has been an integral part of this event. Led by director Rich Medrano, the Master Chorale offers their voice to spread holiday cheer. They sing holiday classics, pieces from their shows, samplings from their performance at Carnegie Hall, and they also lead the patients and their guests in song. They have come for many years to sing not only to the rehab patients, but also around the hospital as well. After the Holiday Party, they are led to some units in the hospital and they sing carols down the hallways and in front of patient rooms. Staff tends to stop what they are doing and listen, family members sometimes walk the patient to their doors to get a good view, and many patients sing along as well.
For days after the event, the spirit of the holidays fills the air. Patients are seen to be in lighter spirits, encouraged, and eager to get better and return to their home and families. The Holiday Party is just one way that Northridge Hospital spreads Humankindness.
December 14, 2016: Wednesday 5th floor IFL Penthouse 5 – 7 p.m.
Christina Zicklin, Southern California External Communications Director