Thursday, June 30, 2016
Going Beyond To Support Our Community
At Memorial Health System we work hard every day and our passion and dedication shows in our countless patient success stories. Beyond their stories, we have many employee stories of the ways they give back to our community. Here’s a quick tale.
About two years ago, a group of volunteers from our clinic operations department starting donating their time to provide meals to the less fortunate, after an email circulated about the need for more help. Today, 27 employees volunteer their extra time at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, hosting dinners the first Tuesday of every month where they donate food, prepare the meal, serve and provide clean-up.
Jessica Huffman, director of nursing clinic operations, became involved with the group so she could volunteer her time again and help others in need. She had previously volunteered at another local soup kitchen.
“I was excited to find another opportunity that fit into my work schedule,” Jessica said. “The clinic operations group has been very generous.”
In preparation for the dinner, the volunteer group receives an email that lets members know what is needed for the upcoming dinner, and within minutes all items will be donated.
“It has been a very rewarding experience. I am proud to work in this department that puts such a focus on giving back to the community,” Jessica says. “Working in healthcare … helps to connect you to the true needs of the community. We encourage our patients to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, but many of the local residents in our area don’t have enough money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. We have to be cognizant of this fact and know what resources are available to our patients in the local region.”
Jessica enjoyed her time volunteering so much she began to bring her husband and her daughters to volunteer as a family. Jessica said she thinks it’s important to expose her children to the realities that there are people in this area that don’t have enough money to put food on the table. She added often times people take the small things such as dinner for granted, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to pull together as a community to combat the issue.
“Not only are we providing meals to the less fortunate, but we have developed new friends and fellowship,” Jessica said. “I can’t say enough how much I have enjoyed volunteering with the group. I would encourage anyone else to spend some time serving.”
If you’d like to get involved with the St. Luke’s volunteer group you can contact Marybeth Peebles at (740) 374- 6922. Also check out http://www.uwamov.com/volunteer for more ways to give back to the community
Volunteers from Marietta Memorial Hospital:
Taylor Latsetter Marshall
Mary Ann Troyanovich
The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are a network of services provided by over 2,500 employees and include two hospitals, outpatient service sites and provider clinics. We partner with our providers to deliver quality care and service with an additional focus on medical education and community service. You can learn more by visiting www.mhsystem.org.