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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Spreads Joy this Holiday Season

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Ukiah-CA- Your local hospital might not be what comes to mind when you think of the holiday season, but Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV) knows how important it is to make the holidays special for those in their care. One of the many holiday activities happening within the hospital is music therapy. Suni Smith, local harpist, fills the hospital hallways and the Cancer Treatment & Infusion Center with therapeutic music during the month of December, making each patient’s stay more enjoyable and relaxing. Music therapy is a proven way to reduce the stress and pain of many medical treatments. AHUV’s patients have reported music helping them manage pain after surgery and during cancer treatments as well as the pain of labor. 

Patients in Obstetrics are in the hospital for a much more joyous occasion. Welcoming a new child into the world during the holiday season is something special. Each child born during the month of December receives a handmade stocking and knit hat. Liza Thompson, RN, leads this program. She, along with a few other staff members make each item with the hope that it will be filled with cheerful memories for many years to come. A basket filled with goodies is also given to the first baby born on Christmas day, as well as the first baby born on New Year’s day. 

AHUV also focuses its efforts on helping families in need during the holiday season. With the recent fires, many families need a little extra to make the holidays special this year. AHUV’s staff has come together to support families this year, offering a holiday meal and gifts for young children. 

“It takes an entire community to come together and support each other during the holiday season. We are proud to be one of the many local businesses that are in the position to give back to our community, which we love so dearly,” Erica Tyner, AHUV Marketing and Communication Manager.