Jefferson Hospital to say 'thank you' with light-up night
By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 3:06 a.m.
This is the time of year when folks like to remember those who are important to them.
Jefferson Hospital is giving a gift to the communities it serves — its first light-up night.
“We've never done this before,” president and CEO John Dempster said. “We want to reach out to all of our communities. Last year we tried to go to as many community light-up nights as we could.”
Those communities and their leaders, their emergency medical services and other first responders have been invited to take part in Wednesday's celebration at 7 p.m. at the hospital's main entrance.
“We wanted to do something that would be a tribute to all those people who were faithful to us during the year,” Dempster said.
Festivities will include carols, refreshments and the lighting of a 62-foot garland tree.
General maintenance manager Richard Preffer said the tree, which is perched atop the canopy at the main entrance, was designed by his department.
“They wanted to do a live tree, but with the time frame we had we weren't able to do that,” Preffer said.
Instead, they decided on the garland tree, which is similar to the one at Allegheny General Hospital. Preffer noted that Jefferson is part of the Allegheny Health Network.
“We decided to use the garland so there was something to see during the day instead of just cable,” Preffer said. “We used blue and green because those are the colors of (Allegheny Health Network).”
Along with the big tree, Preffer said there will be several smaller stick trees on the island in the parking lot and lights around the sign at the entrance.
“We're excited about this, but nothing will be lit until Wednesday,” he said.
The lobby is decked out with a 20-foot tree and a large nativity scene. Refreshments will be available on the second-floor mezzanine.
Dempster said that, when the trees are lit, “we will spend time together to say thank you for making Jefferson a successful community hospital.”
“When I took this job,I was not just an administrator,” Dempster said. “Our nature is to reach out to the communities we serve and we want to continue doing that.”
Dempster hopes light-up night becomes an annual event.
“My plan is to do it every year,” he said. “When we took the idea to the board, they were ecstatic to do it. I would imagine we will continue this and get better each year and include the community more and more.”
Carol Waterloo Frazier is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1916, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport middle school student struck by dump truck dies in hospital
- License transfer paves way for new restaurant in McKeesport
- McKeesport-area officials on lookout for landslides
- AIU forum bashes governor’s education budget
- Father-son funeral directors in Duquesne lead industry, community
- New McKeesport committee to focus on community issues
- Clairton Meals on Wheels puts new van in immediate service
- Wilmerding Y surviving Ice Plant shutdown
- McKeesport mayor answers critics of emergency timing
- Elizabeth resident charged in fuel theft
- Wall landmark may be demolished