Foundation’s Tree of Love ceremony set for Sunday, Dec. 9

Grand Island, Neb. — During the holiday season, consider taking a moment to remember someone whose life was meaningful to you by purchasing a Christmas ornament and then joining your friends at the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation’s annual Tree of Love vigil at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Saint Francis Patient Tower Lobby.

The ornaments cost $20 each and the text is created by the donor. Please call the Foundation at (308) 398-5400 to request a form or stop by the office at Saint Francis Medical Center to pick one up. Orders are due into the Foundation office on Friday, Nov. 30.

The ornaments can be stored by the Foundation and placed on the Tree of Love every year or they may be taken home to display on your family’s tree. Ornaments also can be used to welcome a new baby into your family, celebrate the first Christmas of a newlywed couple or celebrate a special anniversary for a couple.

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.