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Dinner served to patients

Event marks a tradition

January 18, 2014
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Oncology Department staff served turkey dinner with all the trimmings Friday noon to more than 300 patients, their families and volunteers.

The dinner began several years ago when NUMC Oncology Registered Nurse Pat Hartman learned that two patients were unable to eat a Thanksgiving dinner due to their illnesses and that another patient who was a hobby farmer, had to get rid of two turkeys.

"My husband Dale and I butchered the two turkeys and with lots of volunteer hospital staff help, we served turkey dinner to about 100 people," Hartman said. "Since then, it's just grown and grown. We serve about 100 people at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m."

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Staff photo by Fritz Busch

The New Ulm Medical Center Oncology Department serves turkey dinner Friday to more than 300 patients and family members in the Medical Center auditorium. Serving, from right, hospital staff Amber Coil, Kris Kral and Mandy Schwarzrock, registered nurses, and volunteer Diane Rolloff. George Maha of New Ulm and Linus Kral of Sleepy Eye provided live concertina music.

Lora Holmberg, NUMC Oncology Department Manager, thanked hospital staff including Registered Nurses, dietary and other staff for all their volunteer work preparing and serving the dinner that included sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, homemade rolls and pies. "Without all this volunteer work, this wouldn't happen," she said.

Live concertina music was provided by George Maha of New Ulm and Linus Kral of Sleepy Eye. Professional photographer Rick Apitz took patient portraits free of charge.

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