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December 2015
Giving Back to the Communities We Serve

by Mike Williams, President and CEO, CHC


It’s a privilege to serve at Community Hospital Corporation, an organization dedicated to health, help and hope. Our calling is to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers around the country. One of CHC's core values is stewardship, a responsibility to share our individual gifts, time and talents to care for one another.


For me, sharing with others is a legacy from my parents etched in vivid childhood memories. The Salvation Army collected donations for families in need in front of stores during the holidays. Emblematic red kettles were positioned to accept the offerings, and Salvation Army bell ringers sounded a call to give. Coins dropped in the container would help children have a Merry Christmas — kids who weren’t likely to enjoy the sort of Christmas we had come to expect, my parents explained. Today, putting money in the kettle brings back fond recollections of home and the meaning of sharing. Ringing bells signify reverberating kindness. Now you can even create your own online red kettle to raise donations.


Community Hospital Corporation has supported The Salvation Army, the largest and one of the oldest charities in the United States, for the past 18 years. They provide food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and much more. Through the years donations from individual employees — along with a corporate match — have exceeded $223,600. All CHC employees have the opportunity to contribute. This year, CHC’s philanthropic giving to The Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Service Center-Dallas totals $37,650. Employee groups will also help distribute gifts to Angel Tree families at the Center in Dallas on December 18.


In this season of giving, think about ways your health care organization could benefit the community, beyond patient care. There are countless opportunities. For example, Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas recently developed an internship program to teach high school students with disabilities how to transition from school to the workforce. These students are developing job skills leading to employment and greater self-sufficiency.


Take a close look at your community. Are there medically underserved groups in your service area? Unmet social services needs? Could new or enhanced services or programs improve the quality of life for area residents, including children and older adults? How can you reach out and help make life easier and better for others? Stewardship — partnership and service — comes into focus when you answer these questions.

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