| Live Well
As the world winds down from Christmas to New Year’s, some of the sparkle is gone. The gifts are unwrapped, and a few are returned or discarded.
But there is one gift that will continue to benefit many throughout the community for years to come, thanks to the generosity of donors during the 2021 Jubilee of Trees.
“We are so grateful for the ongoing community support we receive that helps to advance world class health care close to home in St. George,” said Mitch Cloward, St. George Regional Hospital Administrator.
For the second year in a row, the time-honored Jubilee of Trees took place virtually, with only a few in-person events. However, Cloward said despite the pandemic-related precautions, people’s generosity did not wane.
“People are very caring and generous,” Cloward said. “We had a lot of people who were early and often donating large sums of money to help support and advance these very worthy causes.”
And at Christmas time, what cause could be more worthy than children?
This year, donations from the Jubilee of Trees will be used to advance health care for children in a variety of ways.
“Our children continue to be a priority,” Cloward said. “In recent years we’ve been advancing services like the pediatric hospitalists program. This year’s Jubilee was to continue to support that new service.”
Additionally, donations from the Jubilee of Trees will assist with adding a pediatric trained nurse to the Life Flight team, supporting child life specialists in the hospital, purchasing new technology in the NICU to allow families to keep in closer connection with NICU patients, and focusing on Tele Heath services to provide pediatric sub specialist care to patients without undergoing unnecessary travel.
“When it’s safe and appropriate we want to keep kids close to where they live,” Cloward said of one of the benefits of Tele Health. “If a child is in need of a consultation and they live in a rural area, it saves a lot of time and hassle, while still establishing the right plan of care.”
Similarly, St. George Regional Hospital continues to partner with Primary Children’s Hospital to offer even more services to children.
“Our objective, when it’s safe and appropriate, we want to keep children here at St. George Regional,” Cloward said. “But when we don’t have the resources, we want to partner with Primary Children’s to offer the necessary care there.”
Cloward said it was clear by the high levels of engagement at this year’s Jubilee of Trees, and the generosity of donations, the community not only supports the hospital’s objectives, they really care about children.
“It’s something a lot of people can relate to,” Cloward said. “Children tug at our heartstrings.”
It’s something Cloward said he has seen not only as a hospital administrator but as a father, too.
“Several years ago my daughter needed surgery and it was so helpful to my daughter and my wife to have a child life specialist reach out and offer them a tour of the operating room and recovery floor,” Cloward said. “It was a tremendous resource that there was someone to hold our hands through the process and explain what was going to happen.”
It’s a resource Cloward said he is grateful to make available to others in the community, thanks to the Jubilee of Trees donations.
“It’s that human connection and that focus on making sure our children and parents know what is going to happen as we progress their care and help them recover,” Cloward said. “We are so thankful to our community for their support.”
This Live Well column represents collaboration between healthcare professionals from the medical staffs of our not-for-profit Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and The Spectrum & Daily News.