Swedish/Issaquah expands popular Holidays at the Hospital event

November 27, 2012

By David Hayes

Last year, Swedish/Issaquah hosted a small holiday event for the public that featured a chance for children to decorate a huge gingerbread house.

It proved so popular that organizers decided to return this year Dec. 1 with a bigger blowout, Holidays at the Hospital, featuring more activities sure to appeal to all ages and become an annual tradition.

Returning is the giant gingerbread house children can still decorate, constructed by the chefs of Café 1910 and carpenters of their facilities department.

“Think of it as a very, very large dog house,” said Natalie Kozimor, of Swedish/Issaquah public relations. “So many wanted to decorate it last year, it became a hit. It was so fun to watch the kids’ eyes sparkle.”

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Holidays at the Hospital

To entice the whole family to attend, the event kicks off with a pancake breakfast, with sides of bacon and fruit. The only activity with a charge, the breakfast, is $5 per person or $20 for a family of six. Infants under age 1 eat for free. Kozimor said a portion of the proceeds go to support Swedish/Issaquah pediatrics.

She added another popular event for youngsters is the Teddy Bear Clinic.

“They can bring in their teddy bear, a doll or even their toy truck for a checkup,” Kozimor said. “The docs will check out the toys and even fix up anything that needs it. This is a great way to ease children’s anxiety over coming in to see a doctor.”

The physicians will also be able to answer any questions adults may have over health and medical concerns.

Holidays at the Hospital also features:

  • A book drive to supply reading materials for pediatric patients up to age 18
  • Face painting by an elf armed with an airbrush and an encyclopedic knowledge of cool designs
  • A free photo with Santa and free keepsake frame, which participants get to decorate on site

Kozimor said the medical center’s shops in the main lobby would remain open for additional shopping throughout the event.

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