Hospital seeks to cheer up patients during Christmas

Published 5:11 pm Monday, December 23, 2013

Nobody wants to spend Christmas in a hospital, perhaps because he or she is worried Santa Claus won’t be able to find him or her so he can leave presents.

Vidant Beaufort Hospital, sometimes with the assistance of outside help, does what it can to provide Christmas cheer to patients unfortunate enough to be in the hospital at Christmas.

“There’s some things we’ve had staff do. There’s some things we’ve had outside organizations do. For example, our emergency-department staff — they put together stockings filled with some small gifts so that if they have children who come to the emergency department on Christmas Day, they’ll have something to give them,” said Pam Shadle, manager of marketing, public relations and development for the hospital.

Others get in on the effort to bring the holiday spirit to patients during this time of the year, Shadle said.

“Last year, we had an outside organization — I wish I could remember the name — a woman who grew up here — she doesn’t live here now — I think it was her sorority made Christmas-themed silk-flower arrangements that were put in each of the patients’ rooms so there was something festive in the rooms,” Shadle said.

The hospital would welcome assistance in making hospital stays more festive for patients there during Christmas, she said.

“If there is an organization or folks in the community who are interested in doing something for patients who may be in the hospital around Christmas, just call me with ideas. We cans see if we can work with them to make that happen,” Shadle said.

Anyone interested in doing something to brighten Christmas for Vidant Beaufort Hospital patients may contact Pam Shadle at or by calling 252-975-41354.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

email author More by Mike