Loretto Hospital to hold 29th annual holiday party

The visit with Santa event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 14 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies and a picture with Santa will be available to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

Loretto Hospital jumps in patient safety rating after new report

The hospital – which remains the largest private employer in Austin, with 624 people on staff – received an A rating for its fall report, after receiving average ratings of C’s and D’s. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit based in Washington, grades hospitals across the country on factors like in-patient care, infections and practices to prevent error. Hospitals voluntarily participate, and Leapfrog releases reports twice a year.

Runners, walkers get ready for Saturday’s Austin POWER 5K

Registration is still open for Saturday’s race – the fifth annual – and organizers hope to surpass 700 participants. Walkers and runners can register in person on Friday at 5840 W. Chicago Ave. until 5 p.m. and on race day beginning at 7 a.m. Loretto Hospital and Ald. Chris Taliaferro’s office are among the groups and businesses that will be fielding teams.

Donate blood this weekend

The Loretto Hospital and the Nu Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have organized the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in the hospital’s sixth floor auditorium. Schedule an appointment in advance; walk-ins also are welcome.

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Loretto Hospital and state Rep. La Shawn Ford will be commemorating the civil rights leader at an event that celebrates life before, during and after recovery. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the hospital’s sixth floor auditorium at 645 S. Central Ave.

Donate to winter clothing drive

The Loretto Hospital is collecting boots, coats, hats, gloves, shirts, pants, shoes and other clothing for its patients. There are drop boxes at the hospital, 645 S. Central Ave., and at 5120 W. Jackson Blvd.