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Hospital waiting room gets facelift

Volunteers completed redo in one week

Posted: December 25, 2008 3:45 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Larry Velez, far left, watches as his granddaughter Natalie Petrillo, far right, is videotaped by his daughter Allie Velez, left, as she's bounced on grandmother Lorrie Velez's knee. Seven-pound 11-ounce Sophie Marie Petrillo was born Tuesday morning. Her family was the first to use the new waiting room at the labor maternity ward at the Henry M...

Dave Davis knows how stressful it can be waiting for a loved one to give birth.

Davis is grandfather to seven grandchildren who were all born at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Another thing Davis knows about waiting for another grandchild to arrive, it's that the hospital's maternity services waiting room was in need of a facelift.

But Davis isn't the type to complain. As owner of Davis Plastering, he is a doer.

Davis, his son Keith and friend Marvin Hatch, at H&S Electrical, teamed with the hospital's Health Foundation.

"They completely remodeled the family waiting room, the ceiling, walls, carpet," said Sally McGann, the hospital's director of women's services. "They put up a special venetian plaster on the walls, brought in new furniture and put a new flat-screen television on the wall."

The team of waiting-room-remodel volunteers put the entire project together and completed the redo in a week, she said.

"We are so appreciative of what they have done for us," McGann said. "That really came from his heart, and it was such a nice gift for us as a hospital and for all the families that will be able to use it now."

Yoti Telio of Yoti Photography donated wall art featuring infant portraits.

The room has been open three weeks and is getting good use.

"It was so generous that they did this; they made it a much more pleasing environment for families to wait," McGann said.


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