Katy-area hospital hosts wedding for COVID-19 nurse at new garden

Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital
Jorden Wilson, a nurse at Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, married her fiance, Randy Johnson Jr., at the hospital's new rooftop garden, built upon request from COVID-19 patients with a donation from Home Depot. (Courtesy Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital)

Jorden Wilson, a nurse at Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, married her fiance, Randy Johnson Jr., at the hospital's new rooftop garden, built upon request from COVID-19 patients with a donation from Home Depot. (Courtesy Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital)

On July 9, a Katy-area hospital hosted a wedding for one of its nurses who treats COVID-19 patients in the highly infectious disease unit.

Jorden Wilson, a nurse at Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, and Randy Johnson Jr. said “I do” in a gazebo at the hospital’s new rooftop garden, according to a press release.

The couple canceled their May 23 wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic, per the release. Wilson’s colleagues worked together to create a new event for their co-worker.

“Jorden has been instrumental in the success of the HIDU. She was one of the first nurses hired to staff the unit,” said Gary Kempf, the vice president and administrator of Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, in the release. “When the request came in to throw her a wedding at the hospital, it was an immediate ‘yes.”

The rooftop garden is a new addition to the long-term acute care hospital hospital, per the release. Home Depot donated plants, furniture and lighting to create the space.


“The rooftop garden was created when some of our COVID-19 patients wanted to go outside. Originally, we couldn’t accommodate their requests but we came up with a solution that allowed them to safely enjoy the outdoors,” Wilson said in the release. “It’s a beautiful space and I’m so fortunate we could easily convert it to an impromptu wedding venue.”

In the socially distanced event, Wilson and Johnson’s family members watched the event virtually, while Wilson’s colleagues filled in to walk Wilson down the aisle, officiate the wedding and stand as bridesmaids and groomsmen, according to the release.

“There’s so much love here,” Wilson said. “They saw I was heartbroken when my wedding couldn’t happen and they made it happen.”
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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