Annual Tree Lighting to be Held in New Childrens Hospital

The community is cordially invited to join Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health (BKO) on Monday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. for an annual holiday tradition, “A Night of Lights,” the lighting of the Children’s Tree.

John Pate Leverette, a nine-year-old from Eastman, Ga. and a former Neonatal Intensive Care Unite (NNICU) patient at BKO will light the tree in honor of all of the hospital’s young patients and children throughout the communities Navicent Health serves. The Mercer University Children’s Choir will provide musical entertainment for the event.

Festivities will take place in the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital lobby, located at 888 Pine Street in Macon. Guests may park in Navicent Health’s Yellow Deck at 1014 Forsyth Street at no charge.

This evening will be the first time the new hospital tower is opened to the public. Central and south Georgians are cordially invited to visit their new children’s hospital for this fun, festive and family-friendly event.

“The event is a wonderful holiday tradition that recognizes the tenacity of our youngest patients, as well as their loved ones. It is a time to celebrate the patients and families who rely on us for care, and also celebrate the near-completion of this wonderful new children’s hospital! We welcome the community to celebrate the season and we are looking forward to displaying this new facility for the first time,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

BKO is scheduled to officially open for patient care in February 2019.

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Navicent Health Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit

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