Art City Nursing Cheer

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Story and Pictures by Sean Curtis

Our Health Science "Compassion in Healthcare" series continued the Friday before winter break with a visit to The Art City Nursing and Rehabilitation center. ALC's Health Science students grabbed some mint hot chocolate and made the trek to the nursing home. The goal was to bring cheer to the elderly patients with Christmas stories, card tricks, and games, but students soon found that these wonderful patients would bring them more than they could offer the patients. One patient sang some of her native Hawaiian carols while she played her ukelele. Another patient shared the letter he wrote to his wife who could not be with him for the holidays. In the end, students learned that health science is rich when compassion is a part of the equation.