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Thanks to HIM's Christy Cass for capturing the Crouse Team in action!
Saturday, March 17 proved to be amazing in Syracuse in three distinct ways: temperatures were at record seasonal highs with none of the snow so typical this time of year; the city's 30th annual St. Patrick's Day parade drew an estimated 50,000 spectators; and the Syracuse University Orange won their bid to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2012 NCAA Championships. How sweet is all that?!
The celebration continues for Crouse Hospital employees today as the hospital's entry in the parade, a to-scale replica of the iconic Crouse clock tower (which happens to be now lit in orange and blue in support of S.U.) received the Grand Marshal's Award (Best Business/Corporate Float) for the second consecutive year.
We're quite proud that our Crouse Value "E" (excellence through innovation and creativity) was rewarded with the parade's top prize in this category.
Phlebotomy Supervisor Sue LeRoy, who organized our participation again this year, believes Crouse won the award because of how it reflected this year's theme, "Irish Spirits in Ireland - Irish Spirits in Syracuse." In addition to the clock tower, the float this year sported maps of Ireland with real roots leading to an eight-foot shamrock tree. The roots were decorated with Crouse for the 'Cuse signs, and photos of Crouse through the years graced the float and were carried by Crouse team members.
Many thanks to the 60+ employees and family members who walked alongside our award-winning float -- a true reflection of Crouse's never-ending community spirit!