Taking caring outside the hospital walls

Employee News & Views Editor: December 06, 20110 Comments

Our employees take great pride in the fact that Community Medical Centers is the safety net health care provider for the area, serving a 15,000-square-mile region with Level 1 trauma, burn, and high-risk pregnancy/birthing services.

That means most years we provide more than $135 million in charity and unreimbursed medical care, and in education such as lactation help for new mothers and asthma education to Valley families. Our employees also give generously on their own, donating to Terry’s House to help families stay close to critically ill or injured loved ones at Community Regional. In this season of caring, our employees are once again giving back to our community.

Take a look…

See what employees at Clovis Community Medical Center are doing:

Kerry Allred, team leader of rehabilitation at Clovis, volunteers at the Poverello house.  She performs physical therapy on the people there who need help.  And the occupational therapy department has been collecting travel sized bathroom items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste/brush, lotion, etc) for Terry’s house. Staff and patients have contributed during the past year.

And Clovis’ Security Supervisor Alfred P. Lopez reports, “I have a security officer by the name of Jason Bruno, he is a reserve police officer for the Fresno police department. During this part of the year, there is a special operation conducted from Thanksgiving to after Christmas called ‘Christmas Presence.’ Jason’s reserve unit plays a large role during this time. He is assigned to all malls and out lining areas. His main focus is to have a police presence on foot or in a marked police vehicle. If you happen to go by River Park, Fashion Fair, or Manchester, you may see Jason keeping our city safe. I am proud to have this person as part of our Clovis Community Medical Center Security family."

If you hear heavenly singing around the Clovis campus, Linda Ewy, R.N. quality management coordinator, says it's likely some of her colleagues rehearsing their latest holiday caroling. She writes,”About 30 years ago, four Emergency Department nurses sang at the department’s Christmas party. The ‘Swing Shift’ then began singing at a variety of community, church and hospital-related events with music ranging from the classics like ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ to traditional and contemporary Christian pieces. Over the years, the group members have changed.  The most recent group includes Joleen Siebert - soprano (20 years), Toni Schneider – soprano (25 years), Alma Wells - alto (over 30 years) and me at the piano (over 30 years.)  Most recently we all sang as special guests at the First Mennonite Church in Reedley with broadcast to Sierra View Homes Retirement Community. We love sharing this kind of holiday cheer.”

This from employees at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital:

We’re asking help in spreading the Christmas spirit by bringing new unwrapped toys to homeless children. The toys will benefit underprivileged children at the Poverello House. In addition we’re looking for volunteers to help serve lunch to homeless families at the downtown Fresno shelter on Friday, Dec. 23. All volunteers need to be at Poverello House at 11:30 a.m. and ready to serve the holiday lunch at noon. For more information contact Frank Chagoya at ext. 88024 or (559) 433-8024.

And Tina Gulbronsen, Community Regional Medical Center’s director of nursing administration reports:

Each year the folks in Staffing/Bed Control exchange gifts with each other, but given the economy, we decided to do something a little different to help those beyond our inner circle. This year we are going to be collecting items for the needy as well as battered women and children at the Marjaree Mason Center. We will have collection bins set up in the Staffing/Bed Control office to collect donated items. We already have staff offering to bring in homemade quilts, sleeping bags, and coats. We have a staff member that has volunteered to transport all of our collected items to our local homeless and domestic abuse shelters three times weekly. We understand the importance of serving our community and that means our caring and compassion extends beyond these four walls. We would love to see other departments get in the Christmas spirit and encourage staff to help out someone in need this holiday season. We will be collecting new and used items from now until Friday, Dec. 23. So during this holiday season, please join us in helping those in need by bringing in your item(s) or collecting items on your own. Call Tina for more information at (559) 459-6444.

And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for pediatric patients at Community Regional if Thomas “Bear” Campbell a respiratory care practioner known as “Santa Bear” this time of year didn’t visit. For the past four years Bear has roared up to the hospital on his motorcycle with this side car full of stuffed animals to hand out.

This is just a sampling of all the caring our employees exhibit. We always like to hear what others are doing to help our community so feel free to share your ideas and thoughts in a comment here!
 

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