Christmas Tree-Lighting at Englewood Hospital

By Wendell Hutson on November 19, 2013,

ENGLEWOOD — St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center plans its first Christmas tree-lighting ceremony next month along with other free events for the community.

The Community Tree Lighting Celebration is from noon-1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the hospital’s main entrance, 326 W. 64th St. Hospital officials said they plan to make the event annual as a way to foster a stronger relationship with Englewood residents.

“This is a great way to give back to a community that has supported us for many years,” said Danny Rollins, vice president of ancillary and patient support services at St. Bernard. “There will be a countdown and everything just like it is done Downtown at the Daley Center tree lighting. We want to create that ‘wow’ effect once the lights are turned on.”

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St. Bernard donates more than $15,000 to Philippine relief efforts

St. Bernard Hospital, physicians and staff are donating over $15,000 to relief efforts in the Philippines. The devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines has left thousands of people homeless, injured, and without enough food and water. The donations will go to aid agencies working in the Philippines.

The hospital sponsored a raffle to spur donations and build awareness of the challenges faced by many Philippine families. Employees volunteered to manage prize tables and sold nearly 1,400 raffle tickets. Donors also gave generously providing more than $1,000 in addition to the raffle sales. All together employees raised $2,576 and change. The hospital matched the funds raised by employees to make the total $5,153. The funds have been earmarked for the Salvation Army, Catholic Relief Services and the American Red Cross.

In addition to the fundraiser and the hospital’s matching gift, the medical staff of St. Bernard made two kind donations. Providing a total of $10,000, they gave $5,000 to the American Red Cross, as well as $5,000 to Catholic Relief Services, specifically for relief efforts in the Philippines.

Charles Holland, president and chief executive officer of St. Bernard tasked his team with developing a fundraiser to support relief efforts — and the raffle proved more successful than anticipated. “We are very happy to be able to share with people in need,” said Mr. Holland. The hospital supplied raffle prizes to encourage participation. Many executives, physicians and staff members of all levels gave what they could. “St. Bernard’s mission is to serve the healing mission of Jesus Christ. That mission is not limited by neighborhood or national borders.” says Mr. Holland.

Anyone interested in making a donation to typhoon relief efforts can do so on the websites of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Salvation Army or Catholic Relief Services.