The Pink Placebo Gift Shop is Celebrating 50 Years of Service!
The Secret is Out
The Pink Placebo Gift Shop is Oak Ridge's best source for unique gifts and accessories
Whether you're looking for a gift for a patient, a special occasion, or just a treat for yourself, the Pink Placebo Gift Shop offers a wide selection of trendy accessories, popular home decor, charming children's wear and toys, and of course a great selection of popular gift items including balloons, flowers, candy, trinkets and more.
New items are always to be found, so visit us frequently. And be sure to check out our seasonal and holiday decor.
The Methodist Medical Center Volunteers also host a variety of specialty vendor sales from which the proceeds benefit Methodist's patients and services. For a full list of these vendor sales, please click here.
Send a Gift
Would you like to send a gift to a loved one in our hospital but can't make it into the shop. Give us a call and one of our Volunteers will be happy to assist you in selecting the right gift. You can pay by credit card over the phone, and we'll gladly deliver your gift to the patient's room. Please note, that these special services are only available during store hours and extra time is needed for delivery, so please make sure that your loved one has not been discharged before ordering a gift for delivery. For more information about delivery gift services or to place an order, please call (865) 835-5264.
Hours of Operation and Location
The Pink Placebo Gift Shop is open during the following times:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Pink Placebo is located off the Main Lobby of Methodist Medical Center located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Parking is free and includes a covered parking garage.
Look what's in store when you visit the Pink Placebo!
Grey Ladies prepare to deliver flowers to patient rooms
The Pink Placebo Gift Shop, circa 1960s
A History of Service
Methodist Medical Center’s legacy of volunteer-support dates back to 1944 when Red Cross “Grey Ladies” gave their service to what was then an Army hospital. Distributing mail and flowers, managing a soft drink concession and canvassing the parking lot for empty bottles to sell to distributors, the Grey Ladies of 1944 were establishing a tradition of smiles, service and fundraising that would extend beyond the war into more than 65 years of support for staff and patients.
The Grey Ladies eventually became the Pink Ladies and today, the now co-ed group is more generally known as the Volunteers, but the spirit is still the same. While they no longer canvas the parking lot for redeemable bottles, the Volunteers are still a strong financial supporter of the hospital.
How Your Purchases Make a Difference
By managing the Pink Placebo Gift Shop and hosting their famous “$5 Jewelry” sales, clothing sales, book fairs, auction and numerous seasonal sales, the Methodist Volunteers are able to raise funds that support the hospital and the community.
The Volunteers allocate their funds for various areas of need. Whether it's funding for new equipment and technology, a contribution to the Hospitality Houses, or scholarships for future medical professionals, the money raised by the Volunteers is making a difference in the hospital and in the community. The Volunteers are often the lead donors in hospital fundraising campaigns. In 2007, they pledged $300,000 to Methodist’s campaign to bring robotic surgery to the hospital. They’ve also given valuable support to such annual fundraisers as Holiday Lights, which benefits the Hospitality Houses, and to Methodist’s Casino Night. Over the years, the Volunteers have given more than one million dollars to the medical center for needed renovations and equipment.
The Volunteers’ gifts not only support the medical center, but the future of healthcare as well. In 2003, the Volunteer Organization began giving medical scholarships to students who plan to pursue a career in health care. Since the program began, the Volunteers have given more than $150,000 to support the education of future medical professionals.
These contributions wouldn't be possible without your patronage of the Pink Placebo Gift Shop and Volunteer sales. We appreciate your continued support, and thank you for shopping with the Methodist Medical Center Volunteers!