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KGH lights up for babies

Kelowna General Hospital is lighting up in blue and pink to welcome newborns.

Starting this week, the KGH skywalk across Pandosy Street began being illuminated in blue for the birth of baby boys and pink for girls. As well, soft chimes will ring across the hospital campus with each delivery.

The idea was the brainchild of Bonnie Wilkie, a perinatal unit nurse. 

Now a nurse educator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she recalled working on a surgical ward in the United States early in her career. 

“I was in an elderly man’s room, and I just barely heard a noise that I didn’t recognize,” she said.  “I must have hesitated in what I was saying because the (patient) looked at me and said ‘that means a baby was born.' This was such a nice moment between he and I, and it left an impact on me.” 

Indeed, the maternity ward is often the happiest place in any hospital.

KGH volunteers and hospital auxiliary members brought the project to life.

“The birth of a baby represents such hope and joy for so many, regardless of what you may be going through in a given moment,” says Bobbie McGrath, manager of women’s and children's health services at KGH. “What a gift to give to the parents of these little ones, and to the rest of our community.  We are thrilled.”



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