Eight students from Carlsbad Unified School District’s Adult Transition Program brought Christmas gifts and food items to patients in Tri-City Medical Center’s emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit as part of their community outreach program. The students also received a tour of Tri-City’s facilities.
During the tour, students saw scans at the high tech radiology area and got hands-on experience with vein illuminators in which a red light illuminates from the hand-held device to find the vein precisely when taking blood specimens.
The students, ranging in age from 18 to 22, were part of a
post high school program for developmentally-disabled young adults.
“The students wanted to give back to our community and to bring joy to people who were in need of some holiday cheer,” said Gail Limjoco, adult transition program teacher. “It was important for them to personally deliver the gifts to patients.”
“Our patients were delighted to receive the generous gifts
from the students,” said Tobi Ferguson, President and Chief Development Officer at Tri-City Hospital Foundation.
The Adult Transition Program began five years ago and today it offers classes in functional life skills, job coaching, volunteer work, fitness programs and community service. After graduation, counselors match students with appropriate jobs.
Also helping spread holiday cheer, Dr. Stephen Tinio, MD, and Office Supervisor Robin Rogers of Graybill Medical Group North Coastal Clinics delivered gifts to children at Tri-City’s emergency department. The clinics have been collecting toys, games and stuffed animals since mid-November.
“We know Tri-City Medical Center has one of the busiest
emergency departments in the county and sees many children every. Anything we can do to make their stay and experience more enjoyable especially during the holiday season is worth a little effort,” said Dr. Stephen Tinio.
Tri-City Medical Center offers tours to scout troops,
schools, service clubs, donors and others in the community. To learn more and to schedule a tour of the
hospital’s facilities contact Tri-City Hospital Foundation at 760-940-3370.