Broadview’s 30 Wreaths of Cheer
Published on May 28, 2015 by Staff Writer
Medical assistant students from Broadview University-Boise recently made 30 wreaths of cheer for nursing home patients at Harrison’s Hope Hospice.
“The idea for the wreaths came from Norma English, the CEO of Harrison’s Hope’s parent company Hospice Partners of America,” said Dionne Wallace, a volunteer coordinator at Harrison’s Hope. “They are meant to brighten the patients’ environment.”
Dionne was looking for people to carry out Norma’s idea at Harrison’s Hope.
Sandy Hattrick, a Broadview medical assistant student and volunteer at Harrison’s Hope, not only offered to help, but she also asked Anna Braden, a medical assistant program chair, if the students in her coding and billing and CMA review classes could participate in the project.
Anna agreed, and soon Sandy’s medical assistant classmates: Mystie Weber, Alison Van Engelen, and Christine Dillree as well as Pam Blessinger, a medical coding instructor, and Anna assisted Sandy in creating the wreaths.
They looked on Pinterest for ideas and decided upon making flowers out of colorful paper and attaching them to cardboard wreaths.
“I like doing this type of stuff,” said Allison. Fellow classmate Christine added, “The wreaths are such a good idea and so easy.”
Although the students, Pamela, and Anna selected a simple wreath design, it did take some time to complete all of them.
“It took two weeks to make 30 wreaths,” said Anna. “Sandy, Christine, and Pam even took some the wreaths home to do over the week-end.”
But, their efforts resulted in quite a colorful array of wreaths that could be hung on the patients’ doors.
“They were happy,” said Sandy after she and Christine delivered the wreaths to the hospice.
Dionne appreciated the final result. “The Broadview students who made the wreaths for us did a fantastic job!” she said. “They are so cute and fun! Our patients love them.”
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