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Vol. LIX, No. 1
January 12, 2007
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CC Staff Competes for Best Gingerbread House

  First place in the CC gingerbread house-decorating contest went to patient care unit 5NW. Representing the team at the announcement were (from l) Subramania Varadarajan, Diana Chepurko, Noreen Giganti, Joyce Linderman, Yumi Lee, Catherine Seamon and Lisa Twedt. Not shown is gingerbread house designer Philip Bernaldez.  
  First place in the CC gingerbread house-decorating contest went to patient care unit 5NW. Representing the team at the announcement were (from l) Subramania Varadarajan, Diana Chepurko, Noreen Giganti, Joyce Linderman, Yumi Lee, Catherine Seamon and Lisa Twedt. Not shown is gingerbread house designer Philip Bernaldez.  

The annual gingerbread house-decorating contest generated a lot of attention and excitement in the Clinical Center last month.

Twenty-eight houses created by CC staff representing a dozen different departments were entered. The houses were displayed in the atrium for 1 week so that anyone in the CC could vote for their favorite.

Nursing and Patient Care Services started the contest 3 years ago, with the entries growing in both number and detail.

“I had people coming up to me in the summer and telling me they’re already planning their gingerbread house,” said Ann Marie Matlock, nurse manager on 5SE and chair of the gingerbread house committee.

The contest reflected the collaboration and creativity of people in the CC. Contestants had only a few rules to follow: they had to use the gingerbread house in the kit that was provided; the display could not be any larger than a 2-foot-by-2-foot platform; and no electricity could be used, but batteries were allowed.

More than 1,900 ballots were cast. The staff of the patient care unit 5NW won first place; the department of laboratory medicine’s chemistry section took second place; and third place went to the 1NW inpatient unit for an entry created by both staff and patients.

After the contest, the houses were donated to the Safra Family Lodge and the Children’s Inn.—NIH Record Icon

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