Hospital Employees’ Generosity Benefits Community Residents
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Georgetown, SC – An idea that began with an employee suggestion and was sparked by community need has resulted in more than $800 in donations to help local food banks.
As part of a long-standing tradition, Georgetown Hospital System annually provides each employee with a holiday turkey. This year, employees were given a choice. They could accept the turkey or choose to have the hospital make a cash donation to help provide food for those in need, in an amount equal to the turkey’s value.
More than 80 employees chose to “opt out” of the turkey distribution.
“This was a very creative and timely idea offered by one of our employees. We really did not know what to expect, in terms of employee response. While the results have been heartwarming, it is not really surprising. Healthcare workers, in general, are a very caring group of people,” said Bruce P. Bailey, CEO, Georgetown Hospital System. The program is expected to become part of the hospital system’s tradition, he added.
In another timely move, Georgetown Hospital System’s Board of Trustees recently authorized an additional $5,000 contribution to Georgetown County’s United Way. “Our community is facing some significant economic challenges,” Bailey said. “Our Board of Trustees felt this additional contribution may help the United Way to make up some of the expected shortfall related to the county’s rising unemployment rate.”