EORH Elves Continue To Give Back

MARTINS FERRY — Santa’s elves from anesthesia, surgery and recovery room at East Ohio Regional Hospital are at it again. They had so much fun adopting a family for Christmas last year that they decided to do even more this year.

Jim Howard from the anesthesia department and Lacy Clouse from surgery headed up the project and had 13 co-workers join in the holiday tradition. Howard worked with Lisa Buckingham, youth minister at Grace Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry, to find a family in need of a little support from the EORH elves. This year’s family included a mother, a teenage girl, a 10-year-old boy and a baby girl.

Clouse, who works in the operating room, was in charge of assigning the EORH staff a family member and coordinating the purchases.

The mother requested a few items for the children, but nothing for herself. However, the staff wanted to take care of her too and picked out several gifts that she might not buy for herself.

There was such an outpouring of support that it made it possible to donate a grocery gift card for another deserving family. The Rev. William Webster assisted with finding the family that would appreciate a helping hand.

Howard said, “We really have fun doing this project together and it makes it a happier place to work. We had a wrapping party on Tuesday and, of course, had to carry on our tradition of giving the family a giant teddy bear. Last year we named him Mr. Ted E. Bear and this year the bear has been christened Mia Bear Paws, CRNA, and is dressed in full scrubs and surgical mask much like our nurse anesthetists in the OR.”