‘We couldn’t do it alone’: Jubilee of Trees returns, supports children’s services at St. George Regional Hospital

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Returning for three days of virtual holiday fun Thursday through Saturday, the Jubilee of Trees will celebrate the magic of children while supporting the continued growth of pediatric services at St. George Regional Hospital.

Pediatric unit at St. George Regional Hospital, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

The Jubilee of Trees, now in its 38th year, is a beloved holiday tradition in the Southern Utah community. The gala rings in the festive season while giving back to worthy medical causes through the Intermountain Foundation at St. George Regional Hospital. The proceeds from each year’s event benefit different patient needs, and this time around it’s all about improving outcomes for children.

“The generosity of the community over the years has been amazing,” said Dr. Patrick Carroll, a neonatologist and the medical director of St. George Regional Hospital. “This year is particularly impactful to me because it’s raising funds for pediatrics, and taking care of kids is something I’ve dedicated my career to.”

Carroll has been involved with the Jubilee of Trees since joining the staff of St. George Regional Hospital 10 years ago and believes that community generosity is needed more than ever this year. Witnessing the growth of the St. George area and the expansion of children’s services over the past decade has been extremely rewarding, he said, adding that pediatric care is a cause that all Southern Utahns can stand behind.

Aiming to provide the right care at the right time in the right place, St. George Regional Hospital fills the need for pediatric services between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. This effort is part of Intermountain Healthcare’s vision to build a model health system for children, Carroll said.

The hospital currently offers pediatricians in the clinic along with subspecialists, including a geneticist, a gastroenterologist and an anesthesiologist, plus pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy. The new pediatric hospitalist program allows a physician or nurse practitioner specializing in children’s care to be available 24/7.

Pediatric unit at St. George Regional Hospital, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

Along with children’s services in the emergency department, Intermountain Healthcare employs child life specialists dedicated to making young patients more comfortable during their hospital stay. The hospital also includes a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and maternal fetal medicine services to assist with high-risk deliveries. Pediatric subspecialty clinics visit regularly from Primary Children’s Hospital to provide face-to-face care while keeping patients local.

The Jubilee of Trees will help fund a number of initiatives to raise the availability and level of care for young patients, including the ongoing expansion of telemedicine services connecting local physicians with subspecialists at Primary Children’s Hospital. In many cases, telemedicine allows children to stay close to home while benefiting from the expertise of leading medical providers. In the future, the hospital plans to further develop its pediatric LifeFlight program.

“We’ve really expanded pediatric services over the last decade and will continue to expand as the community grows,” Carroll said. “We appreciate the community for their past and ongoing support as we build programs to further benefit children. We couldn’t do it alone.”

With the safety of the community in mind, event organizers have created innovative options for participation in this year’s Jubilee of Trees. The event will be held virtually, allowing this special tradition to continue uninterrupted while ensuring the health of friends, families and neighbors.

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The Jubilee of Trees showcases beautifully adorned Christmas trees and wreaths created by local designers, artists, individuals, businesses and community groups. The gala also features one-of-a-kind handcrafted novelties and gifts made by dedicated volunteers plus a bevy of silent auction items available to bid and track online. There’s no cost to browse the displays, and patrons can return as many times as they wish during the event.

Registration is now open for the Jubilee of Trees, which grants access to the entire festival. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the online store or make a donation anytime via the Intermountain Foundation website.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.

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