SGCMH holds first pumpkin stroll indoors


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Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital held its first Great Pumpkin Stroll Saturday to benefit the hospital’s OB Department. Under the threat of rain, wind and chill, the event was moved indoors and staged in the cafeteria and hallways of SGCMH.
Lisa Bird, RN and Director of the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center welcomed the families in her Oscar the Grouch costume and explained the purpose of the event.
“The Pumpkin Stroll will support a central monitoring system for our OB Department, which will add another level of safety for our moms and babies.”
Bird and her Sesame Street entourage kicked the event off with a rousing rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Trick or Treaters, their parents and in many cases grandparents, made their way through halls and stopped at the many booths manned by costumed employees. The one-mile fun walk consisted of 10 laps up and down the SGCMH corridors. The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, Sheriff’s Department, volunteer fire department and Loida Family Dental all participated, and Mississippi Lime paid for several employees to walk and donated extra drinks to be passed out to trick or treaters.
Farmer’s Insurance donated a pumpkin patch and all the supplies for decorating the pumpkins, and PureSonic set up a fun, fall photo booth for the little munchkins.
Adults attending paid $10 to walk and kids 12 and under were free. There were over 100 pre-registrations for the event and way too many kids to count in attendance.
“I don’t think moving the event indoors hindered attendance at all, but next year, I hope we can stage the Pumpkin Stroll outdoors.”

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