Friday, December 23, 2011

Singing songs of the season

FESTIVE FUN: Linda Patten, of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, gets in the holiday spirit.

Patients, visitors and staff were treated to a medley of seasonal songs Dec. 15 as part of the MGH Chaplaincy’s annual Songfest. Staff and volunteers gathered in the White Lobby armed with songbooks and dressed in festive attire – including bright scarves, elf ears on red-and-green-striped stocking caps, and even a lighted Christmas tree atop one singer’s head.

“Thank you very much! That was my favorite,” a passerby called to the group after its rendition of “A Christmas Song.” She smiled and applauded before continuing on her way.

“That’s what it’s about,” says Gina Murray, program manager of the MGH Chaplaincy. “It’s a chance for people to stop for a moment and sing a song or reflect for a few minutes about holiday blessings. We hope we are able to bring smiles and joy to them in the midst of whatever they are going through – and we hope it makes their day a little brighter.”

The carolers were accompanied by pianist Stephen Lee of St. John’s Evangelist Church in Winthrop. Suzanne Munroe, RN, BSN, unit nurse leader in Pathology, and Chastity McMullon, of the Emergency Department, were deemed the best dressed and each took home a prize thanks to Munroe’s Santa scrubs and McMullon’s head-to-toe holiday ensemble.

Read more articles from the 12/23/11 Hotline issue.


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