8,000 hospital supporters lined Main Street…cheering as something magical is happening. Ray performs magic pulling the rabbit out of the hat.
It was a last-minute decision.
We’ve been very busy completing the many tasks on the hospital’s to-do list to be ready for our reopening— the rewiring, the scrubbing and the painting, the meetings, oh, the meetings— and yet somewhere in the middle of all of that activity, a collective voice spoke: We shall walk in the Apple Blossom Parade. The decision was made spontaneously, with little time to waste. Energies gathered; a plan was hatched. People were called and emailed. Costumes were scrounged. Signs were made.
Those who could make it, did so. We had a swanky, red-and-white Chevy convertible; a float, decorated in red, with rainbow-colored wheels. We were joined by a magician with a giant top hat from which a rabbit popped out. There was a nurse; a doctor in scrubs. Smoky the Bear made an appearance, as did a robot. Somebody brought along two little dogs. Someone else brought their kids. Everyone brought great enthusiasm, a sense of hope and optimism.
Sonoma West Medical Center may not be officially open, but we are certainly open in spirit, right here, right now.