Little Free Library Enhances Patient Experience at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

CHATHAM-KENT: August 16, 2017 – Patients, families and visitors at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) will now be able to borrow or exchange a book at the Little Free Library located in the patient registration lobby of the Chatham Campus. Little Free Libraries have inspired citizens around the globe to exchange books, build community and use their creativity to design these neighbourhood libraries.
The Tompsetts – a local family from Chatham-Kent – have donated a custom-made Little Free Library to the hospital as a thank you to staff, physicians and volunteers. “It’s our way to give something back to a hospital that helped us over the past few years to bring two wonderful children into the world,” said Andrew Tompsett. “We have been looking for a way to say ‘thank you’ to the nurses, doctors, and everyone who helped my family grow a little bigger. The idea of a Little Free Library just seemed like a great way to do it.”
CKHA’s Little Free Library will offer patients, families and visitors a free book exchange at the Chatham Campus. Andrew Tompsett (L) and Lori Marshall, President and CEO, celebrate the arrival of the custom-made library donated by the Tompsett family.
The Little Free Library will make reading material available for anyone who wishes to take a book. These unique libraries come in various shapes and sizes – the one donated to CKHA has space for a wide variety of reading material for people of all ages. Anyone is welcome to take a book or bring a book to share. 
“I’d like to thank the Tompsett family for their thoughtful contribution to our organization,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO. “The addition of the Little Free Library will enhance the patient experience by offering free reading material to both inpatients and outpatients, as well as their families and friends.”
For more information on Little Free Libraries, visit:
To arrange an interview please contact:
Emily Field, Communications Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 x 5326
efield [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 

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