Christmas is a time of giving, and that rings true for the employees of Wyoming Medical Center. Not only do our employees take care of the sick and injured on a daily basis, they take their giving attitude out into the community to help our friends and neighbors.
This year, a few departments got together to give back to our community in amazing ways – check out their stories.
Sending Wyoming soldiers some cheer
The respiratory department adopted three Wyoming soldiers for Christmas. These soldiers are currently on deployment and without family. Each soldier received three gift boxes loaded with candy, personal care items and iTune cards to open for Christmas . Each soldier also received a stocking from Santa.
“This was a wonderful experience to participate in as it was our pleasure to provide for others who are keeping us safe and placing their lives on the line each day for us” said Gail Parker, manager of respiratory care.
A special thanks to Connie Wood for helping organize this event.
Stuff the tree
The WMC finance department raised over $300 to put toward gifts for our pediatric patients. This year they decided to decorate a tree and stuff it full of goodies. Items that were “stuffed” into the tree are for various ages and include: 120 stuffed animals, 25 stress balls, 30 toy cars, 12 decks of cards, 100 bracelets, 12 finger puppets sets, 12 soft sports balls, and coloring books.
A special thanks to Kylie Gibson, Ted Notestine, Paula Gorsuch, Martha Schuler, Chris Parks and Corie Perry for organizing this event.
Laboratory staff organized a food collection for the Restoration Food Pantry. Donations began Dec. 6 and will continue to be picked up weekly until Christmas. As of Dec. 19, eight bags of food have been donated to the local food pantry.
A special thanks to Dana Becker and Micky Hazen for helping organize this event.
Abandoning the gift exchange
This year, Patient Financial Services and Wyoming Health Medical Group Central Business Office decided to share the spirit of the season a little differently than they usually do. Rather than their standard department ornament/gift exchange, they chose to support a local charity. They sent out a survey asking staff which of three charities they would like to support. Meals on Wheels was the lucky selection and the departments raised a combined $300 total for the program.
A special thanks to Julie Stengel, Anita Neubauer, Llwetta Windsor and Sherry Bohannon for organizing this event.