Dr. Chris Putney (far right) continued his annual holiday tradition of visiting children at LGH. This year Dr. Putney was joined by family and friends, including his practice manager, Mike Beeman (far left).
Chris Putney, M.D., Managing Physician at LG Health Physicians Family Medicine Strasburg, continued his tradition of bringing holiday cheer to young patients at LGH. For the past 13 years, Dr. Putney has dressed as a reindeer or elf and visited the hospital with friends and family.
This year Dr. Putney was joined by his practice manager, Mike Beeman. On Dec. 22, the group spent time in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Unit, bringing presents and joy to kids who are sick and spending the holidays away from home.
Auscultation Brass celebrates the season – and a new member
Auscultation Brass celebrated the season by playing two holiday concerts.
The 11-member brass band of (mostly) physicians formed around the lunch table in the LGH doctors’ dining room in 1985. Group members represent a wide range of medical specialties.
This year the band played at the Hospice & Community Care tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 6 and the Stroke Survivors’ Club holiday meeting at Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital Dec. 7.
Founding member Gerald Rothacker Jr., M.D., a trombonist, said the band has played preludes since the very first Hospice tree-lighting ceremony, when the band members almost outnumbered spectators, and four or five pine trees in tubs lined the sidewalk.
“The Dec. 6 ceremony was attended by nearly 600, and multiple magnificent pine trees along Route 30 were lit with thousands of lights,” he said.
Auscultation Brass also celebrated a new member: Kirby Strohmaier, RN, an LGH operating room nurse who plays the French horn.
Additional group members include: Dr. Tom Andersen (tuba), Dr. Robert Belser Jr. (trumpet), Dr. Robert Belser Sr. (trumpet), Dr. Joe Breslin (euphonium), Dr. Daniel Diehl (trumpet), Dr. Bill Lovett (French horn), Dr. Andrew Lutzkanin (trumpet), Dr. S. Scott Paist III (trombone) and Dr. William Roberts (trumpet/French horn).