Augusta Health Employees Give Back to Both Patients and Community

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

They are known as people who care. They've chosen professions and careers that demand long hours, work every day of the week and every hour of the day, and emotional ups and downs—but a life's work that also provides the fulfillment of helping someone through a difficult time and making a difference in the lives of others. They are the folks who work in health care, and for those who work for Augusta Health, giving back to their community does not stop when they clock out.

During the recent employee campaign for the Augusta Health Foundation, employees donated $104,489 to patient programs and funds, and to the Employee Emergency Fund to help their colleagues in times of crisis. "The most popular fund among Augusta Health employees is the Employee Emergency Fund," said Susannah Via, Employee Campaign organizer and Annual Fund Officer. "The Employee Emergency Fund was developed by employees-for employees and has provided more than $30,000 to nearly 40 employees who experienced a temporary financial hardship such as a serious illness or injury, death in the family or domestic abuse situation."

"Our employees at Augusta Health are simply awesome," added Tami Radecke, Vice President of Fund Development, Augusta Health and Executive Director of the Augusta Health Foundation. "They give selflessly in every way possible—their time, their skills and expertise, and their personal resources—both at work and at home. I'm so proud to work with such supportive and generous colleagues."

Augusta Health employees live and work in this community. They give back in many ways by serving on local nonprofit boards and committees. Some of these include: Augusta Regional Clinic, Blue Ridge Community College, Valley Mission, United Way of Greater Augusta, Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce and the School Health Advisory Board. They are involved in activities such as animal rescue, coaching children's sports teams, teaching Sunday School and leading youth groups, and delivering meals to the homebound.

"One of Augusta Health's core values is community-centeredness, and our employees live that ideal in many ways," said Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, President and CEO of Augusta Health. "We are 'there to help' in our schools, our churches and our neighborhoods. We volunteer for our Highway Clean-up, conduct school supply and food drives within our departments, and support our patients during Relay for Life. I'm always amazed by our continuous ability to give and to go above and beyond what is asked."

Augusta Health Foundation's mission is to inspire community ownership through charitable giving to advance health and wellness in our region. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Augusta Health and supports essential patient care programs and services at Augusta Health, including Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah. For more information about Augusta Health Foundation, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com/foundation.

Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for two consecutive years. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com.