In their annual Lights for Life event, Owensboro Health held a ceremonial lighting of the hospital’s Christmas tree, kicking off their holiday giving campaign.
By purchasing a symbolic light for the hospital’s tree, which is displayed in the lobby, people can honor a sick or deceased loved one. The name of the person honored will also be displayed on the hospital’s website.
This year’s Lights for Life project will benefit the Care Bears for Kids program. The Care Bears are given to any child that visits the hospital for medical care.
According to Owensboro Health CEO Greg Strahan, the hospital will operate on nearly 1,000 children each year and treat 8,800 through the emergency department.
“It is really a dual program,” Strahan said. “One supports the other. So the benefit of recognizing a loved one on the Tree of Lights will also help to buy more bears for kids when they come into the hospital to keep them from being afraid and scared.”