Celebrating Thanksgiving across Washington State

November 23, 2016

Hospitals across Washington State have their own ways of celebrating Thanksgiving each year, with special festivities that make the day and season special. Here are a few of the ways WSHA members celebrate and give thanks:

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital


Just outside the cafeteria at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, you’ll find a Gratitude Wall where employees, visitors and patients can post notes about what they’re grateful for. The wall was designed by the MultiCare Employee Wellness Program team. Research has shown that one of the most important steps to wellness and happiness is to assume a daily practice of gratitude. In the midst of our often busy schedules and full days, the Gratitude Wall offers a way for people to slow down, think about positive aspects of their lives and express those things to help inspire others.


Kadlec Regional Medical Center


A generous group of Kadlec caregivers is joining together to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for women and children staying at the domestic violence shelter in the Tri-Cities. This act of service — generated from a simple email ask — and the response from medical center employees has been overwhelming. More than 35 Kadlec caregivers will provide the full Thanksgiving experience to these families in need, remembering every detail that make this holiday special, including fresh flowers, blankets and goodie bags for the kids.

Also, each year — for several years — Kadlec food service staff have served traditional Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings to patients, visitors and staff who are at the Richland hospital on the holiday. This year, they expect to serve more than 1,500 meals on Thanksgiving.


EvergreenHealth Medical Center

EvergreenHealth in Kirkland will continue its annual tradition of celebrating staff working the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive, complimentary meal, specially prepared in their very own Café 128. The meal is a way to give thanks to their team of dedicated and compassionate providers.


Skyline Hospital


Skyline Hospital in White Salmon celebrates Thanksgiving by holding a Thanks-for-Giving Food Drive, collecting food for those in need and working to fulfill the hospital’s goal of promoting an exceptional level of health and well-being in the White Salmon community. This year, hospital staff — along with community members — overflowed two barrels with food donations.


Northwest Kidney Centers


Northwest Kidney Centers hosts an annual employee holiday food drive for Northwest Harvest. Donation boxes are filling up fast at their 15 locations across King and Clallam counties. Last year, staff donated more than 728 pounds of food and items — about 560 meals.


Providence Health and Services

Providence Health and Services Renton office is providing pumpkin pies for families in need at Providence Regina house. Pies will be added to the Food Boxes for 100 families that will have an entire Thanksgiving Dinner.


PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver is providing a free traditional Thanksgiving meal to all its caregivers working Thanksgiving Day.


PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview celebrated the holiday on November 17 by providing free Thanksgiving meals to all caregivers and volunteers, with the food served by executive leaders.


Lincoln Hospital


Lincoln Hospital in Davenport celebrates Thanksgiving in numerous ways, holding a food drive for the Wilbur Food Bank, hosting the Harrington Community Thanksgiving with a day of activities and food prepped and served by employees, and offering a free Thanksgiving meal to staff working on the holiday. Also on Thanksgiving Day, managers will make rounds through the office every few hours to hand out coffee, muffins and thank you notes.


Whitman Hospital and Medical Center

At Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, they do all they can to honor both their patients and employees and to make Thanksgiving a day where they feel appreciated and welcomed. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, they have asked staff to consider and then write down what they are most thankful for this year. (They may do so anonymously, and there is no limit to how many things they can list.) Staff are then asked to place these notes in their department’s “Thanksgiving Bucket.” During Thanksgiving week, the buckets will be collected, the notes arranged attractively in their display case, and a collective list published in a hospital-wide email of all the things staff are most thankful for this year.

On Thanksgiving Day, the hospital provides a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal for staff to enjoy during their shift. Their patients will likewise enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, served on a festive Thanksgiving-themed placemat.


UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center


Harborview Medical Center in Seattle will host a free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday for all patients and families at the hospital. The meal will be catered by Fare Start: a local non-profit that aims to empower homeless and disadvantaged people by providing life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.


Summit Pacific Medical Center


At Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, the medical center’s executive chef will be preparing a Thanksgiving feast. All staff who are working the holiday will be encouraged to break and enjoy the festive meal compliments of the medical center.


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