The range of these activities from year to year is extraordinary. For example, employees at CMC-Union initiated a "Stuff the Bus" drive during 2011 that collected more than 3,500 school supplies for children from low income families. CMC-Union also coordinated a community wide effort to guarantee safe disposal of expired or unused medications. "Operation Medicine Drop" collected a record number of doses (more than 500,000) of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
The staff at Murphy Medical Center helped organize an annual event entitled "Families Helping Families Yard Sale and Celebration" at Tri-County Community College. More than 40 booths offered children's clothing, toys and school supplies at low cost. Murphy Medical Center co-sponsored the yard sale with several local medical practices.
Employees at Scotland Health Care System in Laurinburg, NC, joined forces with counterparts at Campbell's Soup to provide more than one-third of the total donations collected for United Way of Scotland County. Agency head Barbara Alexander credited Scotland Health Care System for "pushing us over the top of our $200,000 goal with their generous donations."
More than 200 employees from CMC-NorthEast in Concord, NC, volunteered time for 16 different service projects that involved home renovations, landscaping and meal delivery in communities north and east of Charlotte. Additionally, in Cleveland County, physicians and employees of Cleveland Health Ventures medical practice refurbished a local shelter that serves abused women and their children.
In terms of outreach, CHS made a difference at the national level by dispatching its mobile hospital, Carolinas MED-1, to provide emergency services to Native Americans in Arizona. The unit was on-site for several weeks in May, providing training and serving patients while the Phoenix Indian Medical Center was closed for renovations. Carolinas MED-1 had previously been dispatched to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and to Indiana after severe flooding in 2008.
Community benefit also includes the value of cash and in-kind contributions made by healthcare personnel who work in local facilities. CHS employees in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties have a long tradition of generosity when it comes to both cash contributions and volunteer work. During 2011, CHS employees collectively donated more than $4 million to local and regional charities. Despite the impact of a prolonged recession, this giving total was the highest in CHS history, with results as follows:
|Arts and culture organizations in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Union and York counties||$ 602,018|
|Children's Miracle Network||$ 1,244,398|
|United Way||$ 2,730,392|
Altogether, employees in the greater Charlotte region contributed an estimated 52,000 hours of volunteer service to local charities, supplemented by in-kind contributions worth more than $2 million. Key service projects included collecting more than 127,000 books and school supplies for disadvantaged children, while collecting nearly 27 tons of food for charitable organizations in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Union and York counties.
Employees also took a special interest in family issues this year, donating more than 1,000 cell phones, chargers and accessories to Verizon's HopeLine. These items were in turn refurbished and distributed to organizations serving victims of domestic violence.
During the holiday season, employees in and around Mecklenburg County made a difference for more than 3,000 individuals and families by serving meals, planning special events and distributing gifts to low-income children, seniors and the homeless. In addition, $15,000 was contributed to the United Way's Critical Response Fund, which helps the Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank to meet increased holiday demands.
||Carolinas MED-1 provided emergency services to Native Americans in Arizona. The unit was on-site for several weeks providing training and serving patients while the Phoenix Indian Medical Center was closed for renovations.|