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Nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Deliver Gifts to Nursing Home Residents|
DALLAS — Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas recently made a special trip to the Forest Lane Nursing Home to deliver gifts equipped to keep residents warm and cozy this winter. More than 70 residents in the nursing home received pajamas they can call their own.
“We learned about the folks at Forest Lane two years ago from a case worker,” said Holly Roberts, R.N.C., staff nurse in admission nursery at Texas Health Dallas, and chair of the community outreach committee. “The people here are in need of so many things, and they don’t have family nearby. We wanted to provide them with something special that they needed.”
More than a dozen nurses make up the Newborn Nursery Community Outreach Committee at Texas Health Dallas. Their outreach projects have impact hundreds of people in North Texas since 2008.
“Nurses and their children attend the giving delivery at the nursing homes,” said Melissa Morton, R.N.C., nursing supervisor for the newborn nursery unit at Texas Health Dallas. “The residents enjoy it when the children come; you can see the joy and excitement on their faces.”
During the last two years, the community outreach committee has provided Forest Lane Nursing Home residents with everything from CD players to clothes and food services. “All the nurses pitch in to provide the residents with what they need,” said Morton, who will celebrate her 30th year at Texas Health Dallas this year.
“This is what makes my job more rewarding,” said Roberts, who has been a nurse at Texas Health Dallas for nearly a decade. “This is all part of the continuum of care that we strongly believe in. I am so grateful for a supportive team to make this annual drive a success year after year.”
In addition to helping the Forest Lane residents, the committee has also hosted fundraising events — including a midnight spaghetti dinner and garage sale — for other non-profit programs in the region. Their work has benefitted the March of Dimes and Vickery Meadow Learning Center, which teaches English to non-English speaking adults and children.
“The newborn nursery team is a superb example of living the mission of our organization, which is to improve the health of the community we serve,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Texas Health Dallas. “I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to practice beside these wonderful examples of the nursing profession.”
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