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Wakefield family gets Christmas surprise from PMC staff

Willard and Wilma Bartels of Wakefield got a nice surprise during the Christmas holiday when they were treated to a nice Christmas dinner in his room by the staff at Providence Medical Center. (Contributed photo)

Being a patient in a hospital during the Christmas holiday is not something most people want to experience, but a Wakefield family had their holiday made special recently.

Willard Bartels was a patient at Providence Medical Center during the holidays, and his wife, Wilma, was with him in his room on Christmas when the staff came in and set up a Christmas dinner for them, complete with a tablecloth and centerpiece.

Tracy Keating, LPN-C, said she loves to help decorate around the hospital during the holidays and the staff thought it would be nice to make the family’s Christmas special since Mr. Bartels was staying as a patient during the holiday.

“We kind of made it so they could have their Christmas dinner together and try to make their day a little bit brighter,” Keating said.

The hospital staff came in and used a bedside table to set up the Bartels’ surprise dinner, including a nice centerpiece for them to enjoy . . . one of many ways hospital staff try to keep the Christmas spirit going for patients who would probably rather be home celebrating the holidays than in a hospital bed.

“All the departments at the hospital have trees set up and some of the nurses would take the patients around for a ‘tour of trees’ with treats at each station,” she said. “It’s kind of that small-town feel that we have here and we get to know a lot of the families with (PMC) being a smaller hospital. Not everybody can be home for the holidays, and we just wanted to try to make their holiday brighter.”