Unit Decoration Contest Boosted the Spirits of Patients and Staff

Nurses throughout the University of Chicago Medicine brought smiles to the faces of patients, and stoked some competitive fires between each other, in the first ever holiday decoration contest.

28 units participated in the friendly competition.

“That’s way more than we expected,” said Heredeshee Wilson, BSN, RN, PCCN, co-chair Employee Engagement Council. She and others have been working to increase excitement and bring joy to the various units. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

The idea for the Unit Decorating Contest was borne from multi-disciplinary members of the Employee Engagement (EE) Council. The EE Council’s work is structured to help create a healthy work environment in which employees are engaged in teamwork, collaboration, effective communication, respect, and accountability, and encourages everyone to work in a manner that improves patient care and drives employee and patient satisfaction.

9W took top honors, followed by D2 Burn Unit and 5NE. The winner’s trophy will stay on 9W for the year, and then will be ceremoniously handed off to next year’s winner.

”It helps to lift our patients spirits as well as lift the spirits of the employees,” said Wilson.

Instead of decorations, nurses in GI procedures (Tanisha Tate, Nawatha Morris, Yvette Simpson, Philip Howard, Kelli Goshay, Chris Robertson, Traci Tolbert, Jamar Shelton, Shavette Scott, Rochelle Kelly, Sharene Barrett, Julia O’Malley, Julie Pelter, Yasmin Flores, Arena Stallworth and Mariana Winslow) wrote and performed a new twist on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday classic.

Check out the video:

To see many of the decorations, click on a photo to launch a slide show:


Photos by David Christopher, Michael McHugh, and supplied by the units.

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