Hospital staff makes the rounds with music and song

Courtesy Richard Biber
Hemet Valley Medical Center CEO Dan McLaughlin, center, holding guitar, led the staff of the hospital on a tour through the halls to sing Christmas carols to the patients and bring them a little holiday cheer. Dr. Tom Hirose, far right, with guitar, traveled from Pasadena to provide guitar music.

■ By Richard Biber / Contributed

Hemet Valley Medical Center’s “Christmas Choir” gathered in the hospital lobby to begin a two hour singing tour through the various hospital departments in an effort to bring a little holiday cheer to patients and staff.
The Hemet Valley Medical Center’s Holiday Choir is a mix of senior leadership including hospital CEO Dan McLaughlin, long-time employees, nurses, Radiology techs, executive assistants, couriers, pastors and warehousemen.
Serving in his second year in support of the hospital holiday celebration is a special guest from Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles—Dr. Tom Hirose. Hirose, a close friend of CEO Dan McLaughlin, traveled from Pasadena to join the chorus and provide additional guitar music.
As the chorus strolled through the hospital and visited each floor of the six-story building, the Emergency Room, and other areas of the hospital, members of the chorus were greeted with special requests for favorite Christmas carols and many “Merry Christmas” comments from patients and staff alike, which they returned with equal meaning and true caring for the patients.
The final area they visited was the hospital Cafeteria. This may have been planned as the pause coincided with the hospital’s annual holiday luncheon for employees. The Choir sang a few more carols—then enjoyed a delicious holiday meal.
All in all, it was a wonderful day of employee camaraderie and giving to folks who are hospitalized a bit of good cheer and laughter.

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