Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital Library to Offer Patients, Associates Volumes to Read

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more than 1,000 books were donated during the summer to help fill the bookshelves

Patient delight is found in many ways throughout Health First’s Integrated Delivery Network IDN). A new way comes in the form of books — and a lot of them. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Patient delight is found in many ways throughout Health First’s Integrated Delivery Network. A new way comes in the form of books — and a lot of them.

“They came in droves and we have bags and bags of books,” said Leonne Sherr, Manager of Volunteer Services at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital. “It was unbelievable.”

Sherr said more than 1,000 books were donated during the summer to help fill the bookshelves in the new hospital library, a patient-driven initiative that will soon open.

“The books were stacked up everywhere,” Sherr said.

Now, they’re properly shelved in Cape Canaveral’s Medical Plaza building on the second floor, where the library is located. It will provide a quiet place where patients, visitors and associates can select a book, sit back and unwind — page after page.

Each book has been carefully sanitized and its content examined closely to make sure it is appropriate for patients.

“The books are color-coded with dots, and there’s a key that explains whether it’s an action, romance or adventure book,” Sherr said.

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She said the goal of having a library is to give patients a way to enjoy a complimentary book that is hand-delivered to them.

Patients, visitors and associates will be able to open a link (cchbooknook.libib.com) on their smartphone or tablet, which shows what books are available in the library at that time. Once selected, a Health First volunteer or associate will pull it off the shelf and personally bring the book to the patient to enjoy.

“We try to make it really easy for the person we’re serving,” Sherr said. “These books are donated for the enjoyment of our patients, visitors and associates.”

This includes not taking a book from someone who hasn’t completed it when it’s time to leave. The patient will be allowed to take the book home. It is a small token of comfort that helps improve the wellness and health of the community we serve.

The library will have a grand opening soon.

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