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Two cherished holiday traditions at MCCN and the Health Sciences Library help spread holiday cheer not only at Mount Carmel, but in the community as well. The Avondale Holiday Giving Program and Jingle Bells & Books return this year to help make the holidays brighter for all involved.

Avondale Holiday Giving Program

The giving tree in the library marks the return of the Avondale Holiday Giving Program. Co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and MCCN, the giving program provides gifts to the students at Avondale Elementary School – MCCN’s adopt-a-school. In addition to faculty, staff and students from MCCN and the library, the effort is now open to Mount Carmel Health System colleagues as well.

If you’re looking to make your holidays more meaningful and less commercial, Campus Ministry has just the activity for you: Bethlehem on Broad Street. Located just five minutes from MCCN at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St., Bethlehem on Broad Street will enlist volunteers to provide food and holiday activities to families in need on Saturday, December 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thanks to a grant awarded to the MCCN Gerontology instructors by the Mount Carmel Foundation, Isabelle Ridgeway Post-Acute Care Center is now certified as a MUSIC & MEMORY℠ facility. With the help of the caretakers, as well as MCCN faculty and students, each resident at Isabelle Ridgeway will receive an iPod filled with his or her favorite music.

The Student Nurses Association at Mount Carmel at Fairfield Medical Center (SNAM-FMC) will be adopting a local family for Christmas this year. SNAM-FMC needs your help to provide gifts for the family, which includes a five-year-old girl and an eleven-year-old boy. Requested items include pajamas, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, pants, bows, boxes, gift cards or monetary donations that can be put toward a gift card to purchase the family Christmas dinner. The little girl likes Barbies and Legos and is a size XS or 5/6. The boy likes OSU and Legos and is size adult small tops and 18 husky pants. Donations are due December 16. For questions or to participate, please contact Rebekah Young, SNAM-FMC president, at ryoung2@mccn.edu.

If you’re looking for an MCCN shirt, be sure to check out the Student Nurses Association at Mount Carmel (SNAM) shirt sale. Choices include sweatshirts for $35, long-sleeved tees for $25 and short-sleeved tees for both $20 and $15. See the attached information order form with all the information. For more information, please contact Marilee Bauer at (614) 483-1716 or mbauer@mccn.edu

Kathy Sommers

As part of our ongoing series of faculty, staff and student representatives, this month we feature MCCN Assistant Professor Kathy Sommers, MBA, EdD, RN.

Name: Kathleen A. Sommers

Nickname: Kathy

Hometown: Ravenna, Ohio

Alma Mater: Immaculate Conception School; Ravenna High School; Kent State University and Ashland University

I can’t live without… Well, on this one I could always resort to Maslow and say I can’t live without air, food, water, shelter, etc. However, I believe I have reached a sense of self-actualization so I will say that I can’t live without friends/family, laughter, sunshine, Diet Pepsi and sports.

The family shelter at Van Buren Center near MCCN in Franklinton needs dedicated volunteers who want to assist school-age kids with their homework on a regular basis. Homework helpers are needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Abbey Rutschilling at Abbey.Rutschilling@voago.org. Please note: a background check is required for this volunteer position.

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