PIH Health Downey Hospital Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Rose Parade

Published on January 01, 2020

PIH Health Downey Hospital Kicks Off Centennial Celebration at the Rose Parade

PIH Health was honored to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, January 1, 2020, as a proud supporter of the Downey Rose Float Association’s entry, ‘On the Wings of Hope.’

Riding on the float this year were Jaime Diaz MD, PIH Health urgent care system medical director and chief medical officer for PIH Health Downey Hospital and PIH Health patient and local resident Alfonso Estrada. Miss Downey and her royal court were also on the float, including Mia Jackson, PIH Health volunteer and Miss Downey Princess. The magnificent float featured a Japanese garden with floral ponds, cherry trees, a small temple and large colored origami cranes taking flight above the float.

The design for the float was inspired by the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes to share a healing wish and hope for a brighter tomorrow. The Downey Rose Float Association held crane-making events leading up to the rose parade with the ultimate goal of folding 10,000 origami cranes. PIH Health volunteers generously contributed to reach this goal, filling baskets with cranes to gift to other non-profit organizations in the Downey community as well as our own PIH Health patients.

A number of employees from PIH Health and their families participated in decorating the float along with other volunteers and residents from the Downey community. Their efforts ultimately won the Downey Rose Float Association the Founder Trophy, which honors the most outstanding float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization.