Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital gift shop celebrates grand reopening

At the gift shop reopening ribbon cutting, from left are Geri Jacobs, Marlee Lauffer, Sue Nevius and Kathy Gilbert. Courtesy of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Recent visitors of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital gift shop may have noticed something a little different: a brand new redesign.

On Tuesday, hospital officials and shop volunteers held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the official grand reopening of the shop, which has undergone renovations for the past three to four weeks, according to hospital spokesman Mike Crawford.

“The renovation is a wonderful addition to the hospital and will benefit the patients and the community for years to come,” said volunteer Deva Metz.

The ceremonial ribbon was cut by volunteer Geri Jacobs, who was instrumental in starting the gift shop in the early days of the hospital, according to a news release issued by the hospital Wednesday. Jacobs was joined by Marlee Lauffer, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation president; Sue Nevius, foundation board chair; and Kathy Gilbert, gift shop coordinator.

The gift shop has been in operation for the past 40 years, said Metz.

The store now has a new layout for an improved shopping experience, as well as a larger selection of merchandise, such as clothing, jewelry, handbags, cookbooks, specialty foods, skin care products, greeting cards and flowers.

“All the proceeds from our gift shop go back to the hospital, so it’s very exciting to see how our ‘new’ gift shop is helping our community by helping the hospital,” Gilbert said in a prepared statement. “We would love for our community to embrace and use our gift shop as a destination shopping experience.”

The gift shop, located at the main entrance of the hospital, is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 661-200-1505.

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