Happy Holidays: Learn about our Employees’ Generosity This Season

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide “True North” principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Today’s and Wednesday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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All Departments Came Forward to Help with DCF Holiday Party 

Members of our nursing team at the DCF party on Saturday.

Members of our nursing team at the party on Saturday.

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Employees from all areas of our Medical Center donated, sorted and wrapped gifts.

Employees across our Medical Center participated in an enormous effort that made the Worcester Area Department of Children and Families (DCF) Foster Families party an incredible success Saturday. Due to lack of sponsorship and venue, DCF was going to cancel the annual party – until the generous community of Medical Center employees jumped in and took over. Hundreds of Medical Center elves donated about 2,000 gifts, and went above and beyond sorting, wrapping and preparing for what was a fantastic show of holiday spirit for more than 300 Worcester area DCF foster children, 12 years and younger, from 84 foster families. Extra gifts were also donated to the Child Life Program at DCF and to military families in need. Thanks go out to our employees, local businesses and friends of our Medical Center who volunteered their time, talents, gifts and services to make this party an enormous success. “I am so proud to be part of an organization where every department has come forward and offered help; the support from the entire hospital has been incredible,” said Gina Gardner, RN, pediatric nurse manager, University Campus, who spearheaded the event alongside fellow nurse manager, Lori Peasley, RN, South 6, Memorial Campus. Lori added, “It was deeply satisfying to see us unite as one cohesive team to do a wonderful thing. As a mother of five adopted children under 12, I am aware of the need in our communities, and I’m deeply touched. It shows children in need that our world is caring and sharing.”

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Community Medical Group Administration office participated in the Coats for Kids program. This program provides new winter outerwear to children who attend the Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Head Start Program, Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters. The administrative office provided 12 children with new jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.

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Hahnemann Day Surgery team collected 42 winter coats to donate to the Veteran’s Inc. and Abby’s House.

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Members of the Marketing and Communications team organize and wrap gifts for its adopted family.

Members of the Marketing and Communications team organize and wrap gifts for its adopted family.

The Marketing and Communications Department adopted a single-parent family with four children through Abby’s House. The generosity of the Marcom team ensured that the family received everything on the wish list and more, including toys, clothes and essentials.

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The Corporate Compliance Department at 295 Lincoln Street collected toys for the United States Marine Toys for Tots Campaign.

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The Infection Control Department made a monetary donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Clinton-WHEATEmployees at Clinton Hospital showed their generosity by donating dozens of holiday gifts in an effort to make the holidays a bit brighter for 50 local children identified through WHEAT Community Services. Children are certain to have happy holidays thanks to staff members who answered the wish lists of boys and girls of all ages, shopping for toys, games, clothes and books. But employees didn’t stop there! The generous group again teamed up with WHEAT to coordinate food and hygiene drives for their less-fortunate neighbors.

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The Surgery Clinic (including renal medicine, neurosurgery, colorectal surgery, general surgery, trauma, acute care surgery), Wound Center, Weight Center, Ear Nose and Throat Clinic, Speech Therapy Department and Audiology Services on the University Campus adopted a family in crisis. Staff and providers came together to support the homeless family through the support of financial donations.

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The Housekeeping Department on our University, Memorial and Hahnemann campuses adopted two families in need through Friendly House Shelter. Employees donated clothing, toys, food and gift cards. This is the fifth year the department worked with this agency to help families in need.

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The Cardiac Catheterization Lab participated in fundraisers for Toys for Tots, Veterans Inc. and Project Purses.

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Shrewsbury Family Medicine participated in a donation drive for Abby’s House. Providers and staff have donated sheets, blankets, pillows, umbrellas, travel mugs, paper goods, kitchen items and gift cards for the families receiving services from Abby’s House.

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The Neurointerventional Department on University Campus collected supplies and warm clothing for Veteran’s Inc. that will be distributed to veterans and their families in need.

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HIM CollageThe Health Information Management (HIM) Department continued its holiday support this year by participating in three fundraisers. The HIM team, along with its on-site vendors HealthPort and IOD, contributed more than 10 boxes of food to the Worcester County Food Bank (right photo), participated in a hats and mittens drive for the Worcester Boys & Girls Club and organized a collection for Toys for Tots (left photo).

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For the second year in a row, the Quality, Patient Safety and Analytics team organized a collection for Canines for Combat Veterans through NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans). Canines for Combat is an organization that helps injured veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and physical loss of limb or disability.

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Employees of Montachusett Women’s Health in Leominster opted this year to forgo gift exchanges to each other and instead decided to donate to Battered Women’s Resources. After learning from the agency that transportation is one of the biggest obstacles facing battered women and their families, the team decided to do a collection drive for taxi services.

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From left: Courtney Casey, Judy Best and Soraya Takoulas.

Employees from West 3, Memorial Campus, participated in a collection drive to benefit Beryl’s House, a residential, transitional recovery program through Community Healthlink that serves women, including pregnant and postpartum women, with their infants. Donations of toiletries, art therapy supplies, towels, blankets, baby supplies, hats and mittens were delivered last week to the agency.

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Outpatient Psychiatry, 26 Queen Street and 279 Lincoln Street, provided 21 school-age children with new winter jackets, hats and mittens and included a gift of a small stuffed toy in a pocket. The winter clothing collection is in conjunction with the Worcester Educational Development Foundation’s Coats for Kids project.

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Plastic Surgery adopted a family in need. Employees contributed necessities, including coats, clothes and food, and gift certificates.

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Members of the finance team at the wrapping party.

Members of the finance team at the wrapping party.

Finance Services, located primarily at 306 Belmont Street, worked with the Belmont Community School and “adopted” seven children for the holidays. Ranging in age from six to 13 years old, each child will receive outfits, pajamas, toys and a stocking. The Belmont School was selected as it’s within our own Medical Center neighborhoods.