A Diversity Message From Neil Meltzer — December

World AIDS Day falls on Dec. 1. In 1988, it was declared by the U.N. General Assembly to commemorate those who have died of AIDS and to acknowledge the world’s continued commitment to people who are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The HIV virus knows no geographical, ethnic, religious or socioeconomic boundaries and for those of us in health care, the responsibility remains the same – to educate and inform the public about the risks of the disease and to provide the highest level of care for those who seek treatment. This Thursday at Sinai Hospital free rapid HIV tests will be offered to employees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Occupational Health office, (5th floor Hoffberger Building). If you have questions, please call the HIV testing team at X27356.

Neil MeltzerDec. 10 was established as International Human Rights Day by the United Nations in 1950. Observed by the international community every year it celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration was the first global statement on human rights drafted by the member states of the United Nations and is one of the world’s most translated documents. On Human Rights Day, all of us are called upon to stand up for each other’s rights and to reaffirm our commitment to common humanity. Also, on this day annually, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to recipients in Oslo, Norway.

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that will be celebrated this year starting the night of Dec. 24 for eight days and nights. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication,” and this ancient tradition commemorates the rededication during the 2nd century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. According to legend, the Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. When they entered the temple, they found only enough lamp oil to last one night; surprisingly the oil lasted eight days, long enough to rededicate the Temple. This miracle is celebrated with lighting one candle on a special menorah each evening until all eight lighted candles stand together on the last evening.

More than two billion people around the world will celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25. An annual holiday, Christmas is a Christian holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is preceded by the season of Advent and concludes on Jan. 6 with the Epiphany, the revelation of God in his son Jesus Christ as human. People of different Christian faiths and cultures embrace the holiday’s message of hope, faith and peace.

Kwanzaa is secular festival observed by many African Americans from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.The word Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "first fruits of the harvest." The weeklong celebration was created in 1965 to celebrate the seven basic values of African culture: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The seven-day holiday is a reminder of the enormous contributions of African American culture, heritage and traditional values to the United States, and it’s a time for meaningful reflection and recommitment within the African American community.

New Year’s Eve, also known as Old Year’s Day, falls on Dec. 31 and is the oldest of all public holidays celebrated in most every country around the world. First observed in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago, it is a time of sharing with friends, remembering the past and hoping for good things in the future. It is often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the New Year begins in each time zone and includes traditions such as making resolutions.
At LifeBridge Health we celebrate both what makes us diverse and unique, and what makes us the same – our shared purpose of caring for communities together.

— Written by Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health

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  • Good food, good conversation and genuine words of thanks were on the menu at the #SinaiHospital employee holiday party this week. #LifeBridgeHealth executives became servers in the Greenspring Café and Café Shalom to show their appreciation for the passion employees demonstrate when they care for their patients and colleagues. #HappyHolidays #HolidayParty

    lifebridgehealth: "Good food, good conversation and genuine words of thanks were on the menu at the #SinaiHospital employee holiday party this week. #LifeBridgeHealth executives became servers in the Greenspring Café and Café Shalom to show their appreciation for the passion employees demonstrate when they care for their patients and colleagues. #HappyHolidays #HolidayParty"
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  • #LifeBridgeHealth was proud to be a partner for Festival of Lights celebrations this weekend. The 3rd annual JCC of Greater Baltimore’s Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K, One-Mile Fun Run and Family Fun Day started things off on the right foot. The Celebrate Chanukah events at Foundry Row and Greetings & Readings at Hunt Valley Mall picked up the fun with lots of activities including candle making, dreidel games and singing songs. #team #chanukah

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth was proud to be a partner for Festival of Lights celebrations this weekend. The 3rd annual JCC of Greater Baltimore’s Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K, One-Mile Fun Run and Family Fun Day started things off on the right foot. The Celebrate Chanukah events at Foundry Row and Greetings & Readings at Hunt Valley Mall picked up the fun with lots of activities including candle making, dreidel games and singing songs. #team #chanukah"
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  • #LifeBridgeHealth held a #StopTheBleed event for some Baltimore area health education center community health workers recently to teach basic techniques of bleeding control during life-threatening situations. Dr. Fahreen Qurashi, Dr. Stephanie Armocida, Lauren Smith (trauma coordinator), Jennie Yudin (ER critical care tech), and Martha Hill (ER preparedness and base station coordinator) from #SinaiHospital educated community health workers on the proper way to #stopthebleed.

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth held a #StopTheBleed event for some Baltimore area health education center community health workers recently to teach  basic techniques of bleeding control during life-threatening situations. Dr. Fahreen Qurashi, Dr. Stephanie Armocida, Lauren Smith (trauma coordinator), Jennie Yudin (ER critical care tech), and Martha Hill (ER preparedness and base station coordinator) from #SinaiHospital educated community health workers on the proper way to #stopthebleed."
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  • Northwest Hospital is helping to shape the next generation of health care leaders and innovators through our magnet school partnership with Baltimore County Schools. Randallstown High magnet students were abuzz with excitement to be a part of the recent #NorthwestHospital tour. Students learned about artificial knees and ambulatory devices, observed sickle cells under the microscope and had interactive discussions with inpatient pharmacy. The organ dissection was hands down their favorite component! #community #baltimore

    lifebridgehealth: "Northwest Hospital is helping to shape the next generation of health care leaders and innovators through our magnet school partnership with Baltimore County Schools. Randallstown High magnet students were abuzz with excitement to be a part of the recent #NorthwestHospital tour. Students learned about artificial knees and ambulatory devices, observed sickle cells under the microscope and had interactive discussions with inpatient pharmacy. The organ dissection was hands down their favorite component! #community #baltimore"
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  • The photos are in from the 35th annual Green Valley Turkey Trot, which took place on Thanksgiving. This event benefited the Lenny “Batman” Robinson Hope for Henry program, which supports pediatric patients at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. #Thanksgiving #TurkeyTrot

    lifebridgehealth: "The photos are in from the 35th annual Green Valley Turkey Trot, which took place on Thanksgiving. This event benefited the Lenny “Batman” Robinson Hope for Henry program, which supports pediatric patients at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. #Thanksgiving #TurkeyTrot"
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  • Why are Dr. Ed Wolf and Dr. Josh Wolf having their picture taken? Look for a profile of this father-son doctor duo coming in a local magazine. #LifeBridgeHealth #doctors

    lifebridgehealth: "Why are Dr. Ed Wolf and Dr. Josh Wolf having their picture taken? Look for a profile of this father-son doctor duo coming in a local magazine. #LifeBridgeHealth #doctors"
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from LifeBridge Health! This sweet video serves up Thanksgiving wishes without any of the calories. On this day, as every day, we’re #thankful for our #LifeBridgeHealth team members as well as our patients and their families who allow us the privilege of taking care of them. #Thankful #Thanksgiving

    lifebridgehealth: "Happy Thanksgiving from LifeBridge Health! This sweet video serves up Thanksgiving wishes without any of the calories. On this day, as every day, we’re #thankful for our #LifeBridgeHealth team members as well as our patients and their families who allow us the privilege of taking care of them. #Thankful #Thanksgiving"
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  • During this month of #Thanksgiving, #LifeBridgeHealth team members are giving back through our annual employee giving campaign, which benefits our patients and the communities we serve. During events at facilities across our system, team members had the opportunity have some fun and to show their support the annual "Get In the Game" initiative.

    lifebridgehealth: "During this month of #Thanksgiving, #LifeBridgeHealth team members are giving back through our annual employee giving campaign, which benefits our patients and the communities we serve. During events at facilities across our system, team members had the opportunity have some fun and to show their support the annual "Get In the Game" initiative."
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  • During the annual pinning ceremony, #NorthwestHospital President Faraaz Yousuf joined with leaders from Baltimore County Schools to welcome this year's students at the Northwest Academy of Health Sciences and the Randallstown High School Academy of Health Professions. We are so proud of this health magnet school partnership that is helping to shape the next generation of health care leaders and innovators. @randallstownhsahp

    lifebridgehealth: "During the annual pinning ceremony, #NorthwestHospital President Faraaz Yousuf joined with leaders from Baltimore County Schools to welcome this year's students at the Northwest Academy of Health Sciences and the Randallstown High School Academy of Health Professions. We are so proud of this health magnet school partnership that is helping to shape the next generation of health care leaders and innovators. @randallstownhsahp"
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  • Thanksgiving is coming, so we're talkin' turkey with some tips to help you make some healthier choices on the big day. Check out this Thanksgiving video, brought to you by #StrongerHearts, #LifeBridgeHealth's innovative collaboration with the American Heart Association. @marylandaha @american_heart #thanksgiving

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