For the third year in a row the Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) Auxiliary has sponsored a Christmas tree trimming competition between the hospital departments. "This year the various departments like Housekeeping, Registration, Central Peninsula Family Practice, and Radiology for example - were all provided with a tree to decorate in any creative manner they felt like. And their results, about 15 to 20 trees, are all here on display in the reception area of the hospital," explained CPH chief executive officer Ryan Smith.
Next to each tree is a container where anyone may vote with a cash contribution for their favorite tree. "The Auxiliary came up with this idea as a fund raiser for their scholarship fund. The hospital employees or any member of the public can make a donation to their favorite tree and the tree that raises the most money gets a pizza party for everyone in the department from the Auxiliary with all the proceeds from the event going towards the Auxiliary scholarship fund," said Smith.
Certainly some of the most creative and original decorations can be seen at CPH with everything from TP carnations on the Housekeeping tree to inflated Manson respirators from the ER to the Laboratory tree that was decked with fluid bags.
"It's not real blood, but it is warm and red and you have to admit these are some really creative ideas that you won't see on your home or department store trees. It's a fun event and a great way to share the holiday spirit with the community while building the scholarship fund for the Auxiliary. We hope everyone will come by during the holidays, as always anyone is welcome at the cafeteria and you can enjoy the trees and the lights that have been put up all around the hospital this year. We've had a lot of positive comments from the public and we hope everyone has a great holiday season," said Smith.
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