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‘Floral phantom’ strikes

Anonymous donor provides flowers for DMH patients

April 1, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

By Beth Christian Broschart

Staff Writer

Individuals who are sick and staying in the hospital deal with all sorts of anxiety - when will they feel better, when can they go home and is this procedure going to hurt. Some patients have no relatives who can visit them, and many are depressed.

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Hambleton resident Donald Knotts and Progressive Care Unit Charge Nurse Misti Shine admire beautiful flower arrangements delivered to patients and staff at Davis Memorial Hospital. The arrangements were gifts from an anonymous donor.

During the last two weeks, an anonymous donor has brightened days for the patients and staff at Davis Memorial Hospital by generously sending flowers. The card attached shared a message as bright and cheerful as the flowers it accompanied - "Compassion lives in all of us."

Donald Knotts, a recent patient from Hambleton, received flowers from the unnamed donor. He said he was very pleased by the beautiful arrangement and thought it was a wonderful gift.

"It was such a surprise and wonderful for someone in the community to show such compassion for others," said Misti Shine, Progressive Care Unit charge nurse. "The patients were so excited to receive the flowers, and it brightened everyone's day. I thought this was an especially good time of year for this to happen. Everyone is so tired of being trapped inside, and the wonderful flowers were so bright and cheery."

Shine said some patients have no one to care for them, and they feel overlooked because they do not receive visits or flowers.

"This was such a generous gesture for the anonymous donor," she said. "Everyone was so appreciative."

Jennifer Gouer Pritt, of Mary's Greenhouse in Elkins, said she was excited after speaking with the donor.

"The unnamed donor was very excited to make the gifts to both patients in Davis Memorial Hospital and those working there," Pritt said. "This is something the donor had always wanted to do and finally was able to do."

Pritt said Mary's Greenhouse made about 100 arrangements and delivered them to the patients on a staggered schedule.

"Our delivery folks said the patients were thrilled with the flowers," Pritt said. "Some of the patients were so overwhelmed. It really gave those delivering the flowers a great feeling to be a part of this effort."

Pritt said she chose bright, cheery flowers, like daisies, tulips and carnations.

"It was such a wonderful feeling putting the arrangements together, as we thought of the joy they would bring to others," Pritt said.

"This was such a nice gesture, especially as we look toward warmer weather."



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