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Halifax Regional Hospital ‘Third Thursday in the Lobby’ set Feb. 21

It’s Mardi Gras season.  Want to have some fun?  If so, join Halifax Regional’s Healing Arts Team for its “Third Thursday in the Lobby” on Thursday, Feb. 21, between noon and 2 p.m. to celebrate the season.

“We hope the community will be able to drop in for a piece of Mardi Gras King Cake,” said Debra Stewart, RN, clinical documentation specialist and chair of Halifax Regional Hospital’s Healing Arts team.  “One lucky person will receive an awesome prize if his piece contains the toy. We will also have music and beads for all.”

The King Cake is a traditional part of Mardi Gras celebrations world-wide.  Decorated with purple, green and gold colors, the cake honors the Magi who visited the Christ child on Epiphany.  Traditionally a pecan or bean or plastic baby doll or toy is placed inside the dough before baking. It is said that whoever finds the toy will host the next King Cake celebration. 

Designed and orchestrated by Halifax Regional’s Healing Arts team, the purpose of the “Third Thursday in the Lobby” program is to provide monthly happenings in the lobby that can be enjoyed by visitors, patient’s families, the hospital staff, volunteers and the community.

The Healing Arts team is one of the Planetree teams designed to support and implement patient/person-centered care initiatives to personalize, humanize and demystify healthcare. 

Halifax Regional has been an affiliate of Planetree since 2005 and has implemented a wide variety of programs designed to meet the needs and enhance the hospital stay for patients and their families including patient-directed visiting hours, pet visitation, open chart policy, the C.A.R.E. channel, the Care Partner Program, the Cookie Cutter program, Care for the Caregiver Kit, and most recently, Skype for patients and families.

To learn more about Halifax Regional’s Planetree initiatives visit