GREENVILLE, SC – Community members will have an opportunity to light up the night – and the hearts of hospitalized children – on Sunday, Dec. 8, when Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate brings Good Night Lights to Greenville.
The Upstate event will feature milk and cookies, gifts and a tree lighting – but, at its core, it’s essentially a conversation of lights, with community members shining flashlights toward windows of pediatric patients who can then shine back their own lights.
“For children and families especially, it can be tough to be hospitalized – but it’s even tougher over the holidays,” said Robin LaCroix, MD, medical director of the Children’s Hospital in Greenville. “This simple gesture is a great way for our community to send well wishes and positive thoughts as we, literally, brighten the holidays for our families.”
The Sunday event opens at 6 p.m. with a milk and cookie drop-in for community members and their families at Greenville Memorial Hospital’s Sharupa Community Room. Children who are hospitalized will also be having their own treats from the Children’s Hospital playrooms or in their own rooms.
At 6:30 p.m., flashlights, glow sticks, cell phone lights and police-car lights will shine forth from in front of Greenville Memorial Hospital, with patients and families answering in turn from the fifth and six floors of Children’s Hospital. Hospitalized children will be provided flashlights, while community members are encouraged to bring flashlights from home or use their cellphone lights.
At 6:45 p.m., two ambassadors from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will help close out the event by leading the gathered crowd in a count down to light the approximately 20-foot Christmas tree in front of Greenville Memorial Hospital.
“We’re thrilled do to this for our hospitalized families as well as our greater communities,” said Taylor Stathes, manager of Child Life and special programs. “It’s just a great way to show our support outside of the typical work day.”
Anyone wishing to also bring donations to hospitalized children are encouraged by Child Life staff to bring books, Matchbook cars, Playdoh or UNO cards. All gifts must be new and unused. Also popular with families are $5-$10 gift cards to nearby restaurants or businesses.
In the Upstate, cookies for the event will be donated by Publix, while Prisma Heath will donate the individual milks and waters. The flashlights used by hospitalized children will be donated by Molina Healthcare.
A similar event will also be held that Sunday in Columbia at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands.
For more information about how to support Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Upstate, visit http://bit.ly/GoodnightLightsGVL. To support the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands, visit https://www.palmettohealthchildrens.org/ways-to-give/prisma-health-foundation.
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health, a not-for-profit health company, is committed to excellence in patient care, clinical research and teaching the next generation of medical professionals. Our organization – South Carolina’s largest private employer – was formed when Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health joined together in late 2017, officially becoming Prisma Health in January 2019. With 32,000 team members (including volunteers), 18 hospitals and over 300 physician practice sites, we serve more than 1.2 million patients annually – about a quarter of the state’s population. Our goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care. Our cardiovascular, neuroscience, OB/GYN, oncology and orthopedic programs attract patients throughout the region. Also noteworthy are our two renowned children’s hospitals, comprehensive diabetes care and extensive primary care network. Ultimately, we are dedicated to transforming the health care experience for our patients and families, our team members and guests by bringing our purpose to life: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference. Learn more at PrismaHealth.org.