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St. Lukes and Barnes & Noble Throw Dr. Seuss a Party

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
March 5, 2013

 He's clearly an avid reader like his grandfather.

As a doting grandfather and guest reader for our annual “Reading is Good Medicine” event, I had my hands full Saturday.

It was my great joy to be included in the reader lineup for our sixth annual Barnes & Noble reading benefit. My choice: “Go, Dog. Go!”
This year’s event coincided with the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the much-loved Dr. Seuss to millions of children worldwide, and National Read Across America Day.

More than 400 children (including my twin grandsons, who donned their cowboy outfits for the occasion) joined us for the birthday-themed celebration, which included crafts stations, the chance for young princes and princesses to make crowns and Dr. Seuss fans to make hats like that of the famed cat, a photo booth, story-time throughout the day, and visits by the Mini Joy miniature horses and four-legged St. Luke’s Pet Therapy Program participants.

A percentage from sales of books Saturday will benefit St. Luke’s Children’s. Shoppers also bought and donated books for the enjoyment of our youngest patients.

About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.