South Bay Hospital
June 22, 2020

Sun City Center, Fl - South Bay Hospital caregivers had the opportunity to paint rocks for the community June 16 - 23 as part of "South Bay Rocks," an initiative to provide stress relief to caregivers and bring joy to the community.

Over 200 rocks were painted with designs ranging from owls and lady bugs to words of encouragement. Each rock has a print on the back explaining what someone should do if a rock is found in the community.

“If you find a rock out in the community, you can go to our Facebook Group which is ‘South Bay Rocks’ and post a picture of the rock you found,” said Michelle Harvey, South Bay Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer. “This is exciting because then the caregivers at the hospital will know that their rocks were found in the community and that’s a really fantastic connection. We are so excited to share this with the community.”

Over 200 rocks were painted with designs ranging from owls and lady bugs to words of encouragement. Each rock has a print on the back explaining what someone should do if a rock is found in the community.

Staff members with rock decorating table

A Facebook Group has been established for people to share the rocks as they are found. The hospital is also inviting members of the public to paint rocks and join in the fun. Labels for the rocks have been provided on the Facebook Group. People can attach them to their own painted rocks, join the “South Bay Rocks” fun, and distribute them around their neighborhoods

“It’s nice for our facility and the community to have something fun like this to look for,” said Matt Hurt, a member of South Bay Hospital’s IT department. Hurt painted a rock patterned in a colorful dot design.

Other hospital caregivers throughout all shifts joined in the fun often painting multiple rocks to send out to the community.

Two nurses showing their painted rocks.

“It was very relaxing. It was peaceful. I like to concentrate and do arts and crafts so this was very fun,” said Vanessa Angilella, a member of South Bay Hospital’s security team. “I think it is amazing to be able to send this into the community. I just want to spread the message that everyone is beautiful in their own way and to keep being strong.”

Organizations that would like more information on this initiative, or tips and tricks for implementing at their facilities should contact Lesley Lykins at (813) 634-3301.