Southcoast Health Gathers for Hope

Southcoast hospitals hold service of ‘remembrance, support and renewal of hope’

Southcoast Health hosted concurrent events on Thursday at our three hospitals – Charlton Memorial, St. Luke’s, and Tobey – to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19, celebrate those who have survived it, and look forward to the future with hope. 

This “Gathering For Hope” took place as our worldwide community passed the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also recognized the dedication and sacrifice of nurses, physicians and providers, clinical staff, support services, and all employees who have worked on the #SouthcoastFrontlines and behind the scenes during Southcoast’s response to the pandemic. 

In remembrance and support, a moment of silence was streamed across each hospital’s sound system for those inside the hospital to observe. Stones engraved with the word “Hope” were distributed as a symbol of unity and sanguinity. Trees donated by Greenscape were planted at each of the three hospital sites as a symbol of the renewal of strength, growth, and hope. 

“To symbolize hope, we will plant this Okame cherry tree. A tree is a universal symbol for strength and growth, standing tall and strong,” said Michele Wakeman, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, and Site Administrator, Tobey Hospital. “Reaching outward and upward, this tree with forever memorialize the resilience, compassion, and spirit shown during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we embrace a new beginning, we move forward with hope.” 

With the help of vaccinations, we are moving toward a better tomorrow and further away from COVID-19. Visit for information on how you can do your part and get vaccinated.