Nashville General Hospital receives surprise delivery of over 100 bouquets of flowers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — After years of restricted flower deliveries during the pandemic, Nashville General Hospital received more than 100 bouquets in a surprise delivery for patients and nurses.
“In the third year of the pandemic, I think it means a lot to still be recognized and for the nursing staff to still be part of that recognition,” said Veronica Elders, chief nursing officer at Nashville General Hospital. . “It’s been tough for them. And so we meet…we talk about the challenges that we’ve overcome, but it’s been tough for the nursing staff, I think more than the nation actually understands.”
Needless to say, the surprise delivery at the end of July from strangers meant a lot to patients and staff.
“We see patients in times of crisis. They are often uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings and when patients receive flowers it lifts their spirits. It kind of alleviates that anxiety that worries them,” said Elders.
The flowers were delivered by a company that was visiting Nashville for an internal conference.
“I wanted to do something unique for the community and something you know, most people have built bikes and built other things, and all of that is important. Working with flowers is not something which I envision even less. and funny enough, the rest of us in this group here, there’s not a florist among us, so not even a good gardener,” said Bob McBride, senior manager of the UKG.
The company had over 200 employees in Nashville and spent a morning learning about Nashville General Hospital, West Meade Place and the Oasis Center and making floral arrangements with flowers from local florists.
“[Those who receive these flowers] may feel forgotten by society, or they may simply feel hopeless. And you know, everyone loves getting little flowers and something just to brighten up the day and put a smile on your face,” McBride said.
After years of not being able to share with each other due to fear of the spread of COVID, the hospital and company said, the generosity was appreciated.
“I think we’re grateful that the hospital has been thought of, not just our patients but also our nurses, as we mentioned, we’ve been through a lot over the past few years and we’re showing just that this grateful gratitude we were just grateful for,” Elders said.