June 04, 2021
ORANGE PARK, FL, June 4, 2021 – Last night, Orange Park Medical Center Nurse Shondra Diggett received a big surprise. Shondra, a behavioral health nurse at the hospital has been playing music for her patients for the past two years. Two weeks ago, she performed for her co-workers during National Hospital Week. Her performance was shared in the news and traveled across the country to Guitar Center’s CEO Jon Japinga. In response, local Guitar Center Store Manager Devon Dame came to Orange Park Medical Center and presented Shondra with a video message from Ron, a $2,000 gift card and free lessons. All in appreciation for what she does to bring joy to her patients.
“When I saw Shondra’s story on the news I was really moved by her performance and felt compelled to do something to support her,” said Ron Japinga, CEO, Guitar Center. “I’m happy that Guitar Center was able to give new gear to her to continue spreading joy and positivity to everyone at Orange Park Medical Center through the healing power of music.”
Being a Nurse is the only thing Shondra has ever wanted to do as a career. “It is fulfilling to be able to be a bright star on a dark day for those hurting, frightened and lonely,” said Shondra. “Making my patients smile and laugh is what I enjoy most about my job. Working in behavioral health, this is often crucial in gaining rapport and lifting their spirits. It is so rewarding to have the opportunity to do so.”
Following the surprise, Shondra headed upstairs to care for her patients throughout the night. She plans to use the $2,000 to purchase her dream guitar.