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Stephens Memorial Hospital celebrates National Hospital Week

Stephens Memorial Hospital celebrates National Hospital Week
May 16
09:58 2022

Stephens Memorial Hospital honored its employees last week for National Hospital Week.

Throughout the week, the staff was treated to breakfast and/or lunch provided by various businesses and organizations. Additionally, employees had a chance to win prizes during the week.

On Thursday, May 12, Rev. Otho Noggle performed  a “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony for some SMH employees. As they gathered in a circle at the hospital’s helicopter landing pad, Noggle took a small bottle of olive oil and walked around to each person in the circle and poured a small amount of the oil on their hands and rubbed it in. He then closed the ceremony with a prayer. During the service, he stood inside the circle and talked about the role the olive tree in the Bible and the history of the healing properties of olive oil. Click here to see a Breckenridge Texan photo gallery from the event.

The week celebrating hospitals wrapped up on Friday with a cook-out for the community. Hospital staff cooked and served hot dogs and hamburgers on the front lawn of SMH.

SMH employees gather in a circle around Rev. Otho Noggle during the “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony at the hospital’s helicopter landing pad on Thursday, May 12. The ceremony was part of the National Hospital Week activities at held at SMH. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Stephens Memorial Hospital staff members serve up freshly grilled hamburgers to Jean Curtis and Virginia Pryor at Friday afternoon’s cook-out in celebration of National Hospital Week. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


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