Throughout 2020 and for the first half of 2021 the Beverly Hospital Gift Shop has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with a sharp decline in the number of hospitalizations and the re-opening of the State, hospital administration made the decision to re-open the gift shop. As a result, members of the Beverly Hospital Guild immediately swung into action.
Since the gift shop had been closed for nearly one and a half years, there was much to do. Cleaning, ordering of new inventory and training of new staff all needed to be accomplished before the gift shop could be re-opened. But under of the watchful eye of Hospital Guild gift shop manager Lucy Caputo, everything soon fell into place. “I have been with the gift shop for 14 years,” said Caputo, “This is part of my life. It’s part of my 2nd home. I’m very very happy to be back here.”
Hospital Guild members once again proudly staff the gift shop ringing up sales for patients, visitors and staff alike. 95-year-old Sally Acosta has been volunteering at Beverly Hospital for 20 years. While she has volunteered throughout many departments of the hospital, this is her first-time volunteering in the gift shop. “I’m so happy to be back at Beverly Hospital,” she states. “It’s great that we can come back and help serve the hospital and the community.”
Elizabeth Pacheco, who has volunteered in the gift shop for three years is also thrilled to be back. “After retiring from being a teacher for 38 years, I was looking for something different to do,” she explains. “The gift shop has provided me with an outlet to use my time to help and assist others.”
Open With Welcoming Arms
The Beverly Hospital gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open:
- Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Find items such as books, flowers, and trinkets to give to your loved one at the hospital or pick up some snacks and beverages for your visit. Select items that are red tagged are 50% off!
While the hospital is open for visitors, everyone must be screened when entering the facility and wear a mask for the entirety of their visit.