Friday, November 22nd, 2019
VERO BEACH, Fla. (November 19, 2019) — Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital will hold the CCIRH Auxiliary’s Florence Booms Celebration of Lights ceremony on Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m. on the hospital grounds.
Please join Chaplain Robert Bremer and Rabbi Michael Birnholz as they welcome the holiday season at the 29th annual event. The Vero Beach Ambassador Choir from Vero Beach High School will perform some songs of the season, and refreshments will be available in the Ambulatory Services Center lobby following the Christmas tree and Chanukah menorah lighting.
The Celebration of Lights plays a dual role, as it rings in the holidays while also raising money for worthwhile projects. Those who wish to honor or memorialize a family member, friend, teacher or other special person can add a light to the tree through donations ranging from $10 to $250.
Proceeds from the event are used to purchase unbudgeted items for the CCIRH Women’s Services department in order to enhance its women’s and children’s programs. Past purchases include the Hugs and Kisses security system; newborn cardiac monitors; birthing beds; infant warmers; fetal monitors; apnea monitors; the overhead lullaby system; thermometers; otoscopes; ophthalmoscopes; BiliBlanket; jaundice meters; and infant hearing screening equipment.
A portion of this year‘s funds will be used to define and carry out a program of modeling safe sleep practices for all mothers and families who come into the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital delivery room. Each year, there are more than 3,500 sleep-related deaths among babies born in the United States. Research has shown that 22 percent of mothers reported not following recommendations of placing their baby on its back for sleep. Additionally, 39 percent of mothers reported using soft bedding for sleep, another non-safe practice. We have the opportunity to model safe sleep practices in our hospital, and proceeds from the Celebration of Lights event will support that endeavor.
For more information about the Celebration of Lights, contact Volunteer Services at 772.563.4533.
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About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.
About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
Founded by Garnett Radin, R.N., in 1932, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is a 332-bed, not for profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. The Welsh Heart Center, Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and Scully Endoscopy Center offer full-service programs and a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, stroke services, robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community. The hospital features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County.