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‘Winter Wildlife’ comes to Halifax Regional’s lobby

Looking for a break in the January routine? If so, join Halifax Regional’s Healing Arts Team for its “Third Thursday in the Lobby” on Thursday, Jan. 17, between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. And be sure to bring the kids and grandkids for a “Winter Wildlife Activity.” 

Participants will be provided the materials and assistance needed to create pinecone or bagel bird feeders.

“This craft involves using pinecones or bagels rubbed with peanut butter and dipped in birdseed,” said Sharon Brogden, activity coordinator at the Woodview and on Halifax Regional Hospital’s sub-acute unit. “Then we add a piece of yarn as a hanger and what you end up with is a wonderful bird feeder that can be hung on porches, from trees or anywhere outdoors. We will supply everything needed. They’re fun to make and the birds love them.”

“We had great success and community participation with our Christmas Extravaganza,” said Debra Stewart RN, clinical documentation specialist and chair of Halifax Regional Hospital’s Healing Arts team, “so we are really looking forward to this one.” 

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 Kits, and most recently, Skype for patients and families.

To learn more about Halifax Regional’s Planetree initiatives visit