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Poinsettia delivery brings cheer to VUH

More than 800 of the holiday plants were donated and distributed at the hospital

by December 8, 2022

Photo story by Erin O. Smith

On Dec. 2 patients at Vanderbilt University Hospital received a holiday gift of a poinsettia, thanks to VUH leadership and the VUMC Corporate & Foundation Relations office, who secured a donation from BrightView Landscape in Nashville, and a squad of volunteers who sorted the holiday plants and delivered them.

More than 800 of the holiday plants were distributed at VUMC that day.

“We are grateful for this donation and the many volunteers who delivered the poinsettias to patients throughout the adult hospital. It was a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to spread a little holiday cheer to patients and family members,” said Andy Peterson, Director of Spiritual & Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services for VUH.

Earle Hudson and Brian Lowe with BrightView Landscaping Services help unload the truck of more than 800 poinsettias delivered to VUH on Dec. 2.

Angela Purinton, program manager in Volunteer Services, and Rebecca Griffeth, associate program manager in Volunteer Services, organize boxes of poinsettias before the plants are distributed to patients.

Angela Purinton, a program manager in Volunteer Services, gives instruction on where to deliver boxes of poinsettias to patients.

Poinsettias await their new homes with patients.

Volunteers roll out with a cart full of poinsettias bound for patients.

Jonathan Liu with Volunteer Services delivers a poinsettia to patient Charles Douglas Vachon.

Anica Mohammadkhah with Volunteer Services delivers a poinsettia to Amanda Wentzel, the daughter of a patient.

Not all poinsettias were bound for specific patients — Liliana Capiola with Volunteer Services helps deliver poinsettias to a VUMC waiting room.



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