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Vail Valley Voices: Countdown to Christmas at the hospital

Charmayne Bernhardt
Vail, CO, Colorado

T’was Days before Christmas … at Vail Valley Medical Center

by Charmayne Bernhardt



T’was just days before Christmas and all through the clinic

We were focused on caring, for all who were in it.

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I-V bags were hung by their poles with great care

In hopes patients would heal, so they could get “Outta here.”



Some were injured and broken, there were those who were sick.

We worked tirelessly to help them to get better quick.

The patients were nestled, all snug in their beds

While visions of healing danced in their heads.

The staff was quite skilled, attentive and cheery,

ready to help. They were caring and merry!

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

Everyone said, “What the heck is the matter?”

We ran to the windows, drew open the blinds

Not knowing exactly what we would find!

… and what to our wondering eyes did appear?

Santa dressed as a doctor (and eight tiny reindeer).

He had a shiny, new stethoscope and a cool pair of socks.

“Ho, ho, ho,” chucked Santa. “I think I’ll play Doc.”

And then in a twinkling, he stood in our midst

With a medical bag, and a very long list.

With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head

He went into each room, and to each patient bed.

He reached in his bag and gave out special gifts.

Elixers of healing and wellness … you get the drift.

Santa turned to the staff. “I wouldn’t forget you!”

“Here’s special presents for all that you do.”

He gave wisdom, compassion and love in great measure,

peace, patience and joy – the greatest of treasures.

He finished his work and turned with a wink,

Disinfected his hands at the last patient sink.

“Is it OK that you did this?” we asked Santa, in fear.

He said, “Do you think Jt. Commission would actually believe I was here?”

Then quickly he turned and with a wave that was grand

He called to the patients, “You’re all in good hands!”

He vanished quite suddenly, and drove out of sight,

calling “Healthy holidays to all — and to all a good night!”

Charmayne Bernhardt works at the Vail Valley Medical Center.


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