LVHN Shares the Love by Giving Valentine’s Day Cards to Patients
Valentine’s Day is a day to share your love. This year, we asked Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) employees and community members to help us shower our hospital patients with love.
Working with Christmas City Printing and Alcom Printing, we created a website that people visited to create a personalized Valentine’s Day card for a random patient hospitalized at LVHN. People were able to choose from among eight different card designs (including one in Spanish), and write a personalized message on it.
We received about 1,300 entries. The website was visited by people from 10 different states and nine different countries, including Japan, Germany, Ireland and Australia. The initative's hashtag, #LoveLVHN, was used generously across social media channels. The messages on the cards truly came from the heart. Here are a few examples:
- Know there are more people out there than you could imagine who are wishing good things for you. – A Medical Student from Maine
- We’ll never meet, but I’m thinking about you today and wishing you as much love and happiness as you can have on your Valentine’s Day. – From a friend in California
- I am 17 years old and a senior in high school in Allentown, Pa. You may not know me, and I may not know you, but I would like you to know that you are loved today and every day! Please know that your present does not determine your future. Know that you are stronger. You are more than a conqueror. You are a tough enough cookie to climb every mountain that seems impossible to climb. You can and will get through the “impossible!” I will be praying for you always and I will be hoping for good news soon. Know that you are cared for and loved every day! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Love, Elizabeth.
After the cards were printed, LVHN volunteers distributed cards randomly to patients hospitalized in seven of our hospital campuses on Valentine’s Day. The photos, posted in a gallery on Facebook, show the smiles the cards put on our patients’ faces.