WRMC Employees Have Heart for Community

All throughout the year, White River Medical Center (WRMC) works to improve the community through education and outreach. However, with the jolly holiday season of giving upon us, the opportunity to provide support to the community is in full force, and the employees at WRMC are taking advantage of those opportunities.

WRMC Employees sponsored nearly 30 children through United Way’s Angel Tree program. (L to R) Administrative Assistant, Lisa Nash and Executive Administrative Assistant, Michele Wood gathered, bagged, labeled, and deliver all of the presents to the United Way, where they will then be distributed to the sponsored children.

Employees from more than 30 hospital departments at White River Medical Center have banded together to bring joy to local residents this holiday season.

Through projects such as United Way's Angel Tree project, and through needs presented by local schools and other organizations, more than 100 children throughout the area have been provided Christmas gifts they most likely would not have gotten otherwise.

"I would estimate that WRMC has helped over 500 children in the last 15 years," said local school Interventionist, Johnnie Moore. "The staff here is always amazed at the generosity of our givers. We would like to thank all the special angels who help our children to have a magical Christmas. Without them it would not happen."

Employees of the hospital also support Be a Santa to A Senior, a program sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care that helps spread holiday cheer to seniors in need throughout the community who may be without family this holiday season.

"We are so proud of the Independence County community for stepping up and adopting each and every senior. We give a big thanks to WRMC for recognizing and nominating some of their patients that needed a simple gift at Christmas," said Debra Osborne, Community Service Representative with Home Instead Senior Care.

Several employees and their family members also participated in the White River Christmas Half Marathon. Instead of entry fees, participants were asked to make donations, which would go towards assisting families as chosen by the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council (NADC), according to Bruce Oakley, who directed with race with his wife Suzy. A total of $3,600 was donated by the participants.

White River Medical Center employees line up to load presents in a box truck for children at a local school.

Internally, departments are carrying out their own causes to help people in the community. The Wound Healing Center at WRMC recently wrapped up their third annual Sweet Feet sock drive. Over those three years, more than 250 pairs of socks and slippers have been donated
during the drive and distributed to the Wound Center's patients, particularly those with Diabetes, as well as surrounding nursing homes residents as Christmas gifts.

"Diabetes patients are especially susceptible to nerve damage, which can lessen the feeling in the feet. Cuts, scratches, or breaks in the skin may go unnoticed causing infection and leading to additional medical problems. The socks can help protect our patients' feet and keep them warm," said Tami Bell RN, BSN, CWCN, Manager of the Wound Healing Center.

Additionally, employees stepped up to the plate to help Registered Nurse, Megan Smart, who had independently expressed a passion for collecting coats for people throughout the community. More than 25 coats were collected and delivered to a drop off location, where they will then be distributed to provide warmth to those in need.

Whether it's community health education, events, or supporting great causes, WRMC makes it a priority all throughout the year to not only be a great healthcare facility, but a good neighbor as well.