Photo contributed by Bon Secours Community Hospital

Comfort carolers

PORT JERVIS, NY — In an annual event designed to bring comfort and joy to patients of the Bon Secours Community Hospital and residents of St. Joseph’s Place Long-Term Care Facility, located in the hospital, volunteers sang Christmas carols room to room on December 19.

Volunteer staff members, both singers and musicians, dubbed “The Christmas Carolers,” often joined by other hospital employees, play and sing traditional carols as they moved around the unit.

 “This is such a moving experience to the patients and staff alike,” said nurse manager Karen DeStefano. “Mostly, the patients and their families request and sing-a-long to their favorite songs and sometimes

“The Christmas Carolers” illicit tears of happiness of fond memories. Even those patients who cannot participate in singing are seen smiling, moving and engaged.”

For nearly a century, Bon Secours Community Hospital has served the residents of Western Orange County, NY; Pike County, PA and Northern Sussex County, NJ. The hospital serves its community with 122 beds for acute care and medical-surgical services, a 24-hour emergency department, long-term care and rehabilitation, a dedicated bariatric surgery unit, behavioral health and outpatient services. 

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