A beautiful Christmas tree is the centerpiece at the Archbold lobby, but the tree represents much more than a holiday.
Frances Parker of the Archbold Foundation says, "All of the ornaments and the lights on the tree are symbolic of the gifts that are given by the community for this tree of lights effort."
Hospital officials say the tree of lights is a way to honor family and friends and also raise money for a good cause. All of the money that is donated benefits the Hospice of Southwest Georgia.
Clay Campbell, Executive VP of Archbold Health Services says, "Hospice serves about 500 patients a year in our area. We cover about an 18 county area in southwest Georgia. At any one time we'll have upwards of 100 patients."
Hospital employees say hospice provides care for terminally ill patients and their families including medicine, health care, and emotional support.
Campbell adds, "This money, while it not only is a good way to honor and have a memory of a family member, it also honors the memory of those who went to hospice and the people in the hospice program."
It’s a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and a way to make a difference in the community during this holiday season.
The Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee and Odyssey Healthcare in Valdosta also have trees of remembrance benefiting hospice.