Do you have any idea how many religions Crouse Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department supports? All faiths – as represented here by Miss Divine Duck, proudly sporting her Crouse Hospital prayer shawl!
Divine was created by Debra Brown and Dorcas Rodriguez, from our Health Information Management Department, as our entry for the Duck Race to End Racism, this Saturday, June 11, of which Crouse Hospital is again a Corporate Sponsor. She represents the “Spiritual Presence for All” that our Spiritual Care team members so deftly provide for our patients and staff under the direction of Rev. Katherine Day.
Miss Divine is sitting atop a classical Indian “mandala,” which is a structure organized around a unifying center that represents every aspect of spirituality. The center reads “united as one” and is surrounded by symbols of different faiths. She is a reminder of our diverse culture centering around community and respect, representing that the Crouse family is united in caring for our community, regardless of spiritual beliefs and cultural practices.
We also hope that Divine will continue Crouse Hospital’s long history of award-winning ducks in the Duck Race to End Racism. The Crouse duck has won awards for its design in the last six years, and in 2004 and 2003 the Crouse duck won first place in the actual race a the Inner Harbor. But don't be fooled by the "divine design" – this duck floats!
Everyone is welcome to join the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism, a program associated with InterFaith Works of CNY, at the Duck Race from noon to 4 p.m. at the Syracuse Inner Harbor, 390 West Kirkpatrick St (corner of Solar St.). This free family festival features food, music and free ice cream for all, to raise community awareness of racism and the fight to end it.
Raffle tickets were sold to raise funds for the program, and half of the funds raised at Crouse Hospital go to the Crouse Health Foundation. Raffle prizes include a $1,000 shopping spree at Carousel Center, theatre tickets, bicycles and more.