PARKERSBURG - For the past five years memories of loved ones have been kept alive during the Christmas season with a tree lighting and luminaria dedication at Camden Clark Medical Center.
Kim Couch, director of the Camden Clark Foundation, said the fifth annual "Lighting the Way" in the lobby of the St. Joseph's Campus and the south tower of the Memorial Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center has served as both a memorial and honoraria.
Before the "Lighting the Way" ceremony began, Couch said there was no formal program in place.
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Kim Couch, director of the Camden Clark Foundation, talks about the tree and luminaria during the fifth annual “Lighting the Way” ceremony in the lobby of the St. Joseph’s Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.
"It's a hard time to be in the hospital and it does provide a lot of serenity and peace for those who are here as patients, their loved ones and caregivers; it's also uplifting for our hospital family," Couch said.
"It gives us all a time in our busy schedules to take a break and remember those who are important in our lives," she said.
Couch said the number of luminaria has grown every year since it began.
"Between the St. Joseph's and Memorial campuses there are more than 1,000 luminaria," she said.
The number is why they have them located at the two locations, Couch said.
"We have two separate services to accommodate the number of people," she said. "Not everybody can be here on the same night."
During the ceremony the significance of the different color and sized lights on the tree was explained. The blue lights represent physicians, while small white lights represent the employees and volunteers and the larger white lights represent the community.
A second ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Campus in the lobby of the south tower.