Hundreds of roses donated to KEMH nurses

Thursday 6 May 2021: Demco florist donated 300 roses to nurses at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) today, marking the official start of Nurses Month this year.

“We felt there was no one more deserving than nurses on the frontline of treating patients in Bermuda, to get a rose thanking them for their service,” said Demco owner Carmen Phillips.

“We are in awe of the work the hospital nurses do,” said Marguerite Clarke, Demco creative director.

Three boxes stuffed with the 300 individually wrapped orange, yellow, red and pink roses were joyfully accepted by BHB Chief of Nursing Judy Richardson.

“This is the second year that Demco have surprised us with this wonderful gift,” she said. “They called us about two days ago so that we could be on hand to accept them. It is a truly spirit-lifting gesture for all our nurses. No one is expecting it. As we deliver the roses, excitement erupts in the departments.”

“Everyone is happy. We thank Mrs Phillips of Demco for choosing to reward our dedicated, hardworking nurses in this way.”

“Last year as we were coming out of lockdown, I thought we had to give a big show of support to KEMH nurses, something to brighten their day. It was completely coincidental that it was also the start of Nurses Month,” said Mrs Phillips.

“I wanted to repeat it this year, especially after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the stay-at-home and curfew orders in place. I thought: Let’s do it just ahead of one of busiest times – Mother’s Day. It brightens the spirt of the Demco team whenever we are able to gift our beautiful blooms to deserving groups!”

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.