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Format: 04/16/2014
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Volunteers get patients in harmony with the season

Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Sandra Fischione Donovan

For the Tribune-Review

An octet of singers broke out in "Jingle Bell Rock" Tuesday at Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus in Bellevue. One of them, 66-year-old Patricia Pacey, started dancing with licensed practical nurse Alma Yarborough.

"They make Christmas beautiful," said Yarborough, 54, of Stanton Heights. "It makes the patients feel better. It's good to have volunteers like them."

The singers, most wearing Santa hats and white Silver Sneakers T-shirts, popped into several hospital rooms, strolled the hallways and visited the cafeteria, spreading musical holiday cheer to all.

Among the patients they visited was Colt Zdobinski, 5, of Bellevue, who shyly shook sleigh bells on the lap of his mother, Wendy, during a rendition of "O Holy Night."

"I liked them," Colt said.

"I thought that was a real nice surprise," his mother said. "It was a real nice break from the doctors."

"Being sick is unpleasant," said Dr. John Uribe, who stopped in the hospital hallway to listen to the carolers. "Our patients need all the support we can give them. ... When you get people to raise their hopes, this is part of the healing process."

The volunteers include about 15 people who sing at Christmas, Fourth of July, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day and other events. They began about three years ago in what Kathy Ferri, hospital manager of community relations and volunteer services, calls "a truly beautiful circle."

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review web site.

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