Johnson City Medical Center | News Article

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Basket Contest helps bring smiles to faces of young patients at Niswonger, Woodridge

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Pediatric patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital and Woodridge Hospital got some special surprises for Easter.

The baskets were submitted for the annual Washington County (Tenn.) Easter Basket Contest held in the Niswonger Children’s lobby. The contest, overseen by Washington County HR, took submissions from individuals or departments, and each basket had a theme and included items like activity books, games, puzzles, movie tickets or gift cards and other items, plus minimal candy (suggested basket $20-25). The baskets were then given to young patients at Niswonger Children’s and Woodridge, with some of them delivered by the Easter Bunny.

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“It’s really special for these kids to get a surprise like this when they’re in the hospital,” said Melanie Redding, manager for the child life program at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to our team members, we had plenty of Easter baskets to hand out. We did that on Good Friday with the Easter Bunny, and then we gave out more on Saturday and Sunday.

“We really appreciate the Rotary Club for sponsoring the Easter Bunny and helping with this. They sponsored our fall holidays and now Easter, using a grant they received, and was really rewarding for them to come in and do this, and it brought smiles to the kids’ faces.

“And kudos to our team members and to HR for doing the Easter Basket Contest every year. I know they put in a lot of effort, but it’s a great program.”

The overall winner was a tie between Lakeysha Aples, RN, shift leader, for her Dr. Seuss theme, and the VOS/patient experience team with a “Beauty and the Beast” theme.

Second place went to Corinne Allen from the JCMC pharmacy for her barnyard theme, and third was Chris Birchfield, AV tech, for Lego Men.

The baskets were distributed by nurses, child life specialists and the Easter Bunny – sponsored by Johnson City Rotary Club – to kids from Woodridge and Niswonger Children’s. There was also storytelling, sponsored by Mountain States’ Heart & Soul program, for children at Niswonger.