You may have noticed some signs of Christmas around the hospital—including a gorgeous new tree in our main lobby. One of the many blessings of working for a Catholic hospital is the ability to joyously proclaim our heritage, our faith-based mission and to celebrate Christmas. Christmas is that time each year when we give thanks and prepare for the coming of the Savior. It is a time of great hope and confidence in the future.
You may be wondering if these decorations meet our policy, and yes, they do. We can have decorations and Christmas lights in the lobbies. However, before you begin decorating your work areas, please make sure whatever you do meets fire code. We never know when the fire marshals may show up again! That’s one “present” I hope we don’t get this season!
Christmas is a wonderful time for us to come together as an organization and reflect on the past year with great hope for the future. Please take a moment on Tuesday to join in our annual employee Christmas party from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Conference Center and in the RYH cafeteria. For those who work the night shift, you’ll receive a special Christmas meal served from midnight to 1:30 at GSH or 11:30 to 12:30 at RYH. Tuesday is also Project Snowflake collection day! I can’t wait to see those rooms overflowing with generosity for our less fortunate neighbors. What a terrific, visible example of how we live out our mission by improving the health of our community.
Our blessings are many. Reflecting on past Christmases gives me great appreciation for all that we have. And, at the same time, I’m amazed at how little changes over the years. I thought you’d appreciate these remembrances of Christmases past at Good Samaritan Hospital as recorded by the Sisters of Saint Francis.
1935, End of year:
… the hospital has not made any very rapid or wonderful strides, but slowly and steadily it has proceeded down the years, meeting its problems as they come, holding its own, and hoping for better times. What more can be desired?
The Sisters from Duncan, Nebraska came for a visit during the holidays. We had a happy Christmas in Kearney. There was Midnight Mass and another later in the morning. Music by the Sisters' choir added to the beauty of the celebration, and our lovely crib is a new joy every year.
Sister Michaelia, our long-longed for organist arrived, now there is music in the air.
Toward the end of the year:
We experienced great joy. The last payment was made on the Good Samaritan Hospital's Mortgage. Now we can truly say: God and The Poor Sister of St. Franics, Incorporated. THANKS BE TO GOD.
I look forward to seeing you Tuesday afternoon, and for those of you with small children, Tuesday evening when Santa pays a visit!
Here’s the new tree in the GSH main lobby.
This beautiful nativity scene is placed at the base of the lobby’s tree.
The view driving north on Central Avenue toward GSH.