Friday, August 31, 2012

Hospital staff give healthily

71 percent participate in giving campaign


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

Staff of St. Luke’s Wood River take a short break Thursday to join together outside of the hospital. A record 71 percent of staff members participated in a St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation giving campaign. Photo by David N. Seelig

Valley residents could enjoy increased patient care quality at St. Luke’s Wood River due to generous donations to the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation by hospital employees.

The foundation announced Wednesday that a record 71 percent of hospital employees made a gift to the Foundation’s Employee Giving Campaign this year, up from 50 percent of employees a year ago.

“Each and every gift directly impacts St. Luke’s Wood River’s quality of patient care by making it possible to send staff to important training, to provide assistance during a time of financial hardship, to enhance technology used every day and to fund innovative initiatives,” foundation Chief Development Officer Megan Thomas said.

In a foundation news release, Thomas commended hospital employees for their generosity.

“St. Luke’s Wood River employees are deeply committed to providing superior, patient-centered care, and are an integral part of our generous community of donors, which makes exceptional health care possible in the Wood River Valley,” she said.

Though the hospital’s staff as a whole added quite a big splash to the giving campaign’s bucket this year, some departments’ contributions were particularly noteworthy. Fourteen hospital departments reached 100 percent giving participation.

These departments are administration (including human resources and integrative therapies), clinical nutrition and diabetes, courier services, dermatology, education, foundation, information technology, interpretation, materials, food and nutrition services, patient resources, performance improvement, plant operations and Wood River Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Apparently, employees were motivated to contribute through a “festive, fiercely competitive” environment.

“Prizes were awarded in several categories,” the news release states.

The food and nutrition services department won the “most improved participation level” award. The Hailey Clinic/Family Practice Associates was recognized as the department with “most new donors.” The medical/surgical department received kudos for the “nursing department with the greatest level of participation.”

All senior managers and operation council leaders made donations.

“The willingness of fellow St. Luke’s Wood River staff to give is incredibly inspiring,” Thomas said. “St. Luke’s Wood River employees significantly increased their commitment this year, illustrating a collective understanding that generosity heals.”

Brennan Rego: brego@mtexpress.com




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