Poinsettias for Patients: Order by Nov. 15 to help brighten the holidays for hospital patients
Orders are now being accepted for the fifth annual Poinsettias for Patients program, giving faculty and staff across Michigan Medicine a unique opportunity to help make the holidays brighter for patients in the hospital during December.
From now through Tuesday, Nov. 15, through a partnership with Junior League of Ann Arbor, employees can purchase poinsettia plants online to be delivered to adult hospital patients the week of Dec. 19.
“This wonderful program continues to grow every year,” said Linda Larin, M.B.A., FACHE, chief operating officer for the Adult Hospitals at U-M Health. “The generosity of our team members is so heartwarming, and clearly appreciated by patients who receive this special gift.”
“Being in the hospital, away from family and loved ones during the holidays can feel very lonely,” said Devin Lippert, M.B.A., administrative director for the Office of Patient Experience. “The poinsettias are a wonderful way to recognize our patients.”
Surprising every adult patient with a poinsettia requires donations of 750 plants, a goal that has been achieved for the last two years. As of Thursday morning, 355 have been sold, meaning we’re almost halfway to reaching that mark.
“We look forward to meeting this goal again,” said Larin, “and we are so excited to help brighten the holidays for our patients.”
“The poinsettias will lift patient spirits during the holidays,” said Lippert, “and proceeds from the plant sales will help provide amenities and comfort items for patients and families throughout the year.”
The plants available for donation are 4.5 inch red poinsettias, costing just $7 each, and can be ordered online.
Faculty and staff can also choose to donate directly to the Patient and Family Centered Care Fund.