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Ballinger Hospital Christmas contest

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

Ballinger Memorial Hospital's annual door decoration contest brought out the creativity in all of the departments. The doors were judged by myself and city manager Brian Frieda. The decoration contest always showcases the truly unique talents of the people in each department.

The Physical Therapy's "Merry Fitness" door decoration display took 1st place in this year's Christmas decoration contest at Ballinger Memorial Hospital. The contest included the hospital, as well as Keel Drug and the Ballinger Clinic.

The door decoration isn't just for the hospital. It also includes Keel Drug and the Ballinger Clinic. Cam Martin, the BMHD HR director, said that the goal is to have each door decorated by December 7th, something that the employees really enjoy, "It became quite a contest to see who can have the most original design. Employees enjoy making the hospital look festive for patients, visitors, and staff. Doors were decorated by department and we had great participation this year with 15 doors decorated."

Ballinger City Manager Brian Frieda judges the Physical Therapy Department's Christmas door display. The display won 1st place in this year's contest at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

Prizes are awarded for the top 3 finishers, but it might be the patients who truly win, "We believe that seeing the decorations helps patients with being away from home for the holidays. Since many of our patients stay for an extended period of time, our staff has a goal of helping them feel at home while they are with us. Decorating the doors is one way they can feel a bit of the holiday cheer they are missing while away from home. "

Frieda commented about the contest during the judging, "It's great to be given the honor or judging the door decorations. We're blessed to be able to do this."

This year, first prize went to the Physical Therapy Department with their fireplace scene.

A closer look at the Ballinger Memorial Hospital's Physical Therapy Department's "Merry Fitness" Christmas door decoration display. The Physical Therapy Department took home top honors in the contest this year.

Culinary (2nd) and a Keel Drug/Clinic (3rd) Polar Express door also placed. Culinary had beautiful work with a gingerbread house and gingerbread people.

The door to Culinary Services was the 2nd place finisher. The beautifully decorated door was complete with gingerbread figures and a gingerbread house.

"Oh Deer, What a Year," was our 4th place team, while Radiology finished in 5th.

The radiology team had an x-ray of a snowman, which was really unique and impressive.

Ballinger Memorial Hospital District's CEO Rhett Fricke, obviously moonlighting as the Polar Express Conductor, was in the Christmas spirit during the hospital's annual Christmas door decoration contest.

It was a very hard decision to make, choosing between the top 3 since all 3 finished with a perfect score (10/10).

But, the Physical Therapy team went above and beyond with their fireplace setting decorations. To say that it was impressive would be an understatement. The amount of time and effort that went into it must have been considerable. The creativity was nothing short of incredible.

One of the best parts about judging this was seeing the unique and innovative decorations by the staff at BMHD, the clinic and Keel Drug. One door had clothes hangers designed in the shape of a snowflake.

Clothes hangers are used to create a snowflake during Ballinger Memorial Hospital's annual Christmas door decoration contest.

It's obvious to kids of the 50s, 60s and 70s shows such as, It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, as well as the  Rudolph and Frosty movies, that the 2004 film, The Polar Express, is the newest go-to Christmas movie. All of the work was fantastic. We didn't give an Honorable Mention, but if we had, CEO Rhett Fricke would probably have taken that award home. His face on Tom Hanks on the Polar Express had us both laughing.

The third place finisher was a door at Keel Drug. The Polar Express was the most commonly used theme for decorations this year during the Ballinger Memorial Hospital District's annual door decoration contest.

Congratulations to everyone at BMHD, the Ballinger clinic and Keel Drug. Everyone did an outstanding job. There was a great deal of thought and work that went into those decorations and you should all be proud of what your departments did individually and what everyone did as part of an incredible healthcare team.

And, from Brian and I, thank you to the BMHD family for honoring us by selecting us to judge your decorations.