Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine

Gary Park, President of UNC Hospitals, contributed a column entitled Harmonious Healthcare for the September/October 2016 issue of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the official magazine of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The piece features the Environmental Services Gospel Choir, a UNC Hospitals employee-run volunteer choir that performs for patients and employees.

Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine click to enlarge Gary Park, president of UNC Hospitals
Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine click to enlarge The EVS Gospel Choir performing at UNC Hospitals.

September/October 2016, Healthcare Executive Magazine - excerpted below:

Harmonious Healthcare

by Gary L. Park, President of UNC Hospitals

North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill opened its doors in September 1952. Its mission was simple: Improve the health of all North Carolinians—from Murphy to Manteo, as we like to say here in the Old North State.

More than 60 years later, the principles behind that vision remain the same. Today, we strive to provide healthcare that blends expertise and empathy for our community, no matter where our patients are from or what health challenges they have. For the past 10 years, UNC Hospitals—which includes N.C. Memorial, N.C. Women’s, N.C. Children’s, N.C. Neurosciences and N.C. Cancer hospitals—has hosted an employee-run multicultural fair to celebrate diversity, provide education and promote tolerance of differences. Every year, on the first Friday in November, our hospital lobbies—connected by a single hallway—fill with music, dance, food, exhibits and crafts. Employees from around the world share their cultures with each other, introducing their colleagues to the places they lived before they called North Carolina home.

Two years ago, a group of employees in our environmental services department formed a gospel choir—the Environmental Services Gospel Choir—to sing at the fair. The performance brought down the house, so to speak. The EVS Gospel Choir was so popular that it continued to receive requests to sing in patient rooms, at hospital events and in the hospital chapel long after the multicultural event where it first performed. Its role at UNC Hospitals was documented in an Emmy-nominated video.

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