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Making Spirits Bright

December is a fun time of year where we get to step out of our day-to-day roles and celebrate the season with our friends and neighbors. See how a few of our Northern Light Health members are making the season merry and bright for so many people in our communities.

Holiday-team.jpgSanta's Sleigh was the crown jewel of the December 1 Lights Parade in Presque Isle as it has been for the last three years. Northern Light AR Gould Hospital, along with community partners, donates toys to the United Way of Aroostook who then provide these presents to families county-wide. In addition to the parade, employees were invited to dress down and bring a toy. Parents in need of these gifts simply fill out an application and then are able to shop for what their kids want. Historically, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital employees have provided more than half of the toys at the distribution and we expect this to continue. Photo: Left to Right Zoe Kinney, Brian Mosher (ARG), Mia Shaw, Sherry Locke (United Way of Aroostook), Natalie Putnam, Taylor Hedrich, Finn Mosher, Carly Guerrette, Eli Mosher, Macey Kinney holding Camryn Smith, Danica Haskell, and Lydia Smith. 

47319703_2172512219460491_2632908157533290496_o.jpgA great time was had by all at the 38th Annual Heart of Ellsworth Christmas Parade on December 1. This year's theme was "Seasons Greetings”, and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital did not disappoint the crowd of parade-goers with it’s hilarious take on the Island of Misfit Toys. The streets were lined as far as the eye could see as employees of the hospital and their families wore their Christmas-best at this beloved annual community event.

NLH-Float-1-(1).jpgThe streets of downtown Bangor were ablaze with dazzling displays of holiday lights during the 9th annual Festival of Lights parade. Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center, Acadia Hospital, Beacon Health, and Home Office teamed up to enter our first ever Northern Light Health system float in the parade—which took home first place as Outstanding Non-profit entry of over 60 participants. This year’s parade theme was, “Be the inspiration.” This group of jolly elves took the theme as an opportunity to recognize our patients and how they inspire the work we do every day from administrative support roles to direct patient care. 

Tree-Lighting-Event.jpgThe holiday season officially began in the Moosehead Lake region with a day of events for the entire family, including entertainment, family fun, a visit from Santa, and the lights on November 24. The highpoint of the event is the lighting of the holiday tree, which shines brightly because of the generosity of Northern Light CA Dean Hospital donors. Donors purchase colored lights in honor or memory of a loved one with all proceeds benefiting patient care at the hospital. The tree is located on the front lawn of the Moosehead Marine Museum for the community to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Pictured from left to right: Left to right: Jaci Gaudet, MA, Northern Light Health Center, Greenville; Lorraine Rodgerson, vice president of nursing and operations; Terri Sleeper, director of philanthropy at CA Dean Hospital and Sebasticook Valley Hospital; Terri Vieira, president of CA Dean Hospital and Sebasticook Valley Hospital; and Bethany Young, from Town of Greenville.