THE WOODLANDS, TX (December 13, 2021) - St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands Hospital (The Woodlands Hospital) is continuing its tradition of donating ornately decorated Christmas trees to the north Houston community.
Founded by Emergency Room Nurse Toni Rogers six years ago, the tradition of hospital departments decorating Christmas trees and donating them to organizations and families has continued as a cherished part of the holiday season at The Woodlands Hospital.
Each of The Woodlands Hospital’s departments receives a pre-lit 6-foot Christmas tree at the beginning of December. Staff in each department spend two weeks decorating the trees before they are displayed in the hospital lobby for staff, patients, and their families to enjoy. On Friday, December 17 a total of 52 trees will be donated to Interfaith of The Woodlands, Society of St. Vincent de Paul with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, Northwest Assistance Ministries, among other organizations.
“Our hope is that these decorated trees will add to the spirit of the season,” said Tyler Whipkey, director of mission and spiritual care at The Woodlands Hospital. “By partnering with community organizations we ensure that they will find homes just in time for the holidays.”
Each of the trees is decorated within a specific theme chosen by the department. Some of the themes this year include Mario Brothers, Christmas Elf, and movie night. Staff are encouraged to cast their vote for the best decorated tree. The department that wins receives a small Christmas tree trophy.
About St. Luke’s Health – Texas Division
St. Luke’s Health is a fully-integrated network that provides care to the communities in Greater Houston, East Texas, and the Brazos Valley through 16 acute care hospitals and over 270 access points including numerous urgent care centers, freestanding emergency departments, and clinics conveniently located across the region. With a team of 11,000 employees and caregivers and more than 5,000 physicians, St. Luke’s Health is dedicated to a mission of enhancing community health through high-quality, cost-effective care. A joint venture with Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke’s Health operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, a leading academic health center with quaternary care and advanced specialists. St. Luke’s Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. CommonSpirit was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. Learn more at StLukesHealth.org.