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Many blessed by hospital’s live nativity performance
Bolingbrook – For the second year in a row, the story of Jesus’ birth in a manger in Bethlehem came alive on the front lawn of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Community members braved the cold to attend the living nativity event; the free 20-minute performances took place in English and Spanish Dec. 10 and 11.

Patient registrar Janet Salgado took on the role of Mary and Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Todd Anderson portrayed Joseph. Employees also played the three wise men, shepherds, angels and other characters. The event featured live animals, including a sheep, cow, donkey, goat and llama. A choir also performed.

Lemont resident Rudy Cortes, lead nuclear medicine technologist, played the Herald Angel and announced Jesus’ birth. Cortes said he took his role very seriously.

“All the credit belongs to God,” Cortes said. “Being able to share this experience with my co-workers, family and the community was a blessing.”

Kathy Mitchell, vice president/chief nursing officer, directed the program.

“Our living nativity is an outward expression of our mission, which is extending the healing ministry of Christ,” Mitchell said. “It has become a community tradition and a gift that we love to give at Christmas.”