Hospitals aren’t my favorite places. It just breaks my heart to see people struggling with illnesses. It can be such a frightening, uncertain time for both patients and their families. But good things happen in hospitals, too—real good things. Everyday, doctors and nurses help bring babies into this world, and that’s nothing short of a miracle.
Some of those birthing rooms, however, aren’t much of a fit for the miracles they hold. It’s no fault of the hospitals; most don’t have the extra resources it would take to make a room look like a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria. That said, a little comfort does go a long way. So when the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph’s/Candler, a wonderful hospital right here in my hometown of Savannah, approached me about donating some of my home furnishings from the Paula Deen Home Collection to renovate one of their 24 private mother-baby rooms in the birth center, I jumped at the chance.
Whoever said you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear would eat their words after seeing how a few touches of home can transform a hospital room. The renovations began with money raised by the Telfair Directresses, a board of women dedicated to supporting the Women’s Hospital. They took down the wallpaper and fixtures, repainted and put in a great big flat-screen TV. They also updated the flooring and the countertops. And then I added four pieces of furniture from my line, including a special sleeper for dads that Jamie is particularly fond of. (I think he’s a good judge since both of his boys were born in this very hospital.)
The hospital gave me the honor of doing the ribbon cuttin’ ceremony and they even dedicated the room in my name. I couldn’t be more proud. Michael, Jamie, Aunt Peggy, my niece Corrie and my friend Hollis were all there as the CEO of the hospital, Mr. Hinchey, and the vice president of Patient Care Services, Ms. Danello, said the nicest things. And y’all, the finished product is just beautiful. The room is so cozy and warm that it’s hard to imagine you’re in a hospital where more than 3,000 babies are born every year. Instead, it feels like home—the perfect place to welcome a little baby, including Corrie’s first born. That’s right, my niece is scheduled to be in that very room this month and she couldn’t be more excited. But what Corrie doesn’t know is that I’m gonna sneak in there before she arrives to add a few more personal touches to the room.
So I guess you could say I caught the baby bug real bad during this process ‘cause I’m hoping to donate even more furnishings to spruce up the other rooms. And while there’s no place like home, the Paula Deen room at Mary Telfair would sure give a good Hostess City welcome to any baby.
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am
Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm