ELIH Employee Donates Time to Beautify Hospital for the Holidays

Posted on 12/27/2018

If you’re a resident of the North Fork or Shelter Island, you’re probably familiar with Eastern Long Island Hospital’s holiday wreaths and snowflake lights. This year, ELIH partnered with Clarke’s Garden & Home to deck the walls of the hospital’s lobby and exterior with festive evergreen wreaths.

Peter Clarke and his staff personally delivered all but two wreaths, which the hospital reuses year after year. This year, ELIH Relief Clerk Cheryl Noding-Drumm noticed that the pair of recycled wreaths could use a little something special to make them even more festive. Cheryl brought her thoughts on the wreaths to the hospital’s Support Services office.

ELIH’s Support Services division plays a fundamental role in keeping the hospital running safely and smoothly. Hospital security, maintenance of utilities, and maintenance of grounds are just a few items that fall under the vast umbrella of Support Services. They are also responsible for physically putting up decorations around the hospital during the holiday season, including the hanging of the wreaths and snowflake lights. “Support Services was instrumental in coordinating with us on the electrical supply and installation,” says Peter Clarke.

With Support Services and Administration behind her, Cheryl got to work. “I was always the crafter in my family… I create wreaths, wind chimes, and other crafts using items I find in nature,” says Cheryl. “I like to say ‘I recycle America,’ so I wanted to bring some of that to our hospital’s decorations.”

Although she has played a role in decorating the hospital for the holiday season in the past, Cheryl really dedicated herself to putting her own personal spin on the wreaths this year. After collecting the pine cones herself, Cheryl painted them with a sparkly layer of “snow.” The addition of the hand-painted pine cones and decorative accent bows make Cheryl’s wreaths the festive touch that makes ELIH stand out this holiday season.