POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 8:04am
Hammond, La — The Livingston Parish Children’s Choir Chorale will perform at the North Oaks Medical Center Expansion Community Open House on today from 4:30-5:00 p.m.
The Chorale will perform Christmas carols before the 5:00 p.m. ribbon cutting program.
The 28-member chorale is made up of 4th through 12th grade students from Livingston Parish and surrounding areas. Under the direction of Barbara Walker and Melanie Rushing, the Chorale has received Superior Ratings in all choir competitions they have entered for the past 13 years. Many Chorale members also audition and are selected for membership in state, regional and national honor choirs.
The North Oaks Medical Center Community Open House will showcase how the hospital is taking health care in a new direction with more privacy, the latest in surgical services technology and expert staff.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will serve as the keynote speaker for the ribbon cutting program. The Louisiana Air National Guard 236th Combat Communications Squadron, based in Hammond, will serve as Color Guard. Alexis Marceaux, of NBC’s The Voice, will perform the National Anthem and Christmas carols, and also sign autographs. After the ribbon cutting, guests can take guided tours and meet the hospital’s expert staff.
Other attractions include the jazz stylings of the Reggie Sanders Trio, a train ride and photos with Santa Claus for children, outdoor snow flurries, cookies and hot chocolate, health screenings and door prize drawings. All activities are free, and guests are encouraged to bring a canned good to benefit local food pantries.
The hospital expansion houses 95 additional private rooms and will take the hospital to 330 total patient beds. It also features fourteen high-tech operating suites, eleven additional same day surgery beds, a surgical intensive care unit and a customized orthopaedic and neurosurgery floor with a rehabilitation gym.
North Oaks Medical Center is located at 15790 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond.