Spreading the love of reading in Mott and welcoming the newest valentines in Von Voigtlander

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Key takeaways:

  • Little Victors at Mott were treated with valentine cards and teddy bears with special-edition t-shirts to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • People from across the globe submitted the valentines to be given to patients.
  • At Von Voigtlander, new parents were gifted a rose, vase and valentine cards to help make the day special.

You could see and feel the love in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital on Tuesday as patients and staff celebrated Valentine’s Day!

Patients within Mott received valentine cards and teddy bears with special-edition t-shirts to celebrate the holiday.

Valentine cards were submitted from community members around the world, including from as far away as Taiwan, Germany and Spain. In addition to the cards being passed out across Mott, cards were also sent to all the U-M Health ambulatory care clinics that see pediatric patients to have their staff and patients join in the love and fun.

Spreading the love of reading

New this year, an online fundraising campaign raised funds for each patient to receive a brand-new, age-appropriate book with themes around love, friendship and family, to go with their teddy bear and valentine card.

“We were hoping to receive $5,000 dollars in donations in order to receive a match donation from our sponsor and partner, the University of Michigan Credit Union,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, M.H.A., FACHE, chief operating officer of Mott and Von Voigtlander.

“Our Michigan Medicine community and honestly, our community across the country and world, showed their support for our Little Victors once again!” Ewald said.

“As of Tuesday morning, we had reached nearly $18,000 for our Little Victors to support this campaign, and future activities and programming for patients and their families. We’re truly grateful for all our incredible supporters!”

Welcoming the newest valentines

Meanwhile, in Von Voigtlander, patients received a valentine rose/vase and valentine card.

“Holidays are always a special time in the Birth Center,” Ewald said. “And we wanted to make sure our women’s hospital patients were included in the celebration.”

“We have some families celebrating the holiday by welcoming their newest valentine today. We’re so thankful we get to celebrate these milestones with our patients and their families.”

Take a look at the festivities in the photo gallery at the top of the page!