Ripon Medical Center (RMC) Volunteers have the festivities in motion for its 25th annual “Lights of Love” program, a living memorial or tribute to friends, relatives or dedicated citizens of the community.
A special lighting ceremony, which is open to the public, is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 in the hospital’s Green Lake Room, 933 Newbury Street in Ripon.
A 40-foot tree located on RMC property on the east side of Metomen street across from the hospital will display both white and colored lights, representing memorial and honorary remembrances respectively.
“Please join us for this celebratory evening,” according to Karen Gross, RMC Volunteer Services liaison. “It’s a touching time, knowing we are honoring and remembering loved ones through cheerful lights, words and music. It’s a time of reflection and joy and, for many of us, it signals the true beginning of the holiday season.”
Refreshments will be served, and a local choir will lead the group in carols.
The lights are available for a suggested donation of $5 per designation, and proceeds from this year’s project will help support RMC Anticoagulation Management Services and Ambulatory Infusion Services.
Infusion therapy offers intravenously (IV) administered medication. Infusion therapy is staffed by registered nurses who administer IV infusions, blood and iron transfusions, IV antibiotics and intramuscular injections. Staff can also discontinue chemotherapy infusion pumps, draw labs from vascular access devices and oversee anticoagulation therapy.
Anticoagulation Management Services helps patients manage anticoagulant medications. An anticoagulant (such as warfarin) is a blood-thinning agent commonly prescribed for individuals to prevent or treat blood clots.
Lights of Love brochures, including donation forms, are available to share with friends and neighbors at the Ripon Medical Center Greeter’s Station and Center Shoppe, Ripon Drug and HMO Harris Bank.
For more information, contact Gross at (920) 748-0451.
Ripon Medical Center Volunteer Board President Jackie Halverson recently discussed this year’s silver anniversary Lights of Love campaign with Jason Mansmith of 1600 WRPN AM.