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Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro Donates Nearly 6,500 Food Items Following Annual Drive
07/22/2008

WINNSBORO, Texas – Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro (PHW) employees recently worked together to donate the monetary equivalent of nearly 6,500 non-perishable food items to the Church of Christ and the Northeast Texas Advocacy Center.

Can man

Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro employees credited the success of the food drive to healthy competition among departments, along with "Can Man," PHW's food drive mascot.

Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro employees donated 179 percent more than during the 2007 food drive, which equates to about 49 cans per employee. Proceeds from the food drive will provide about 7,763 meals to those in need in Winnsboro.

“The food drive is just one way that Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro employees demonstrate their commitment to the community in which they live and work,” said Michael Sinclair, administrator of Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. “I'm proud of how our hospital staff and volunteers pulled together to exceed our goal and go above and beyond what was expected of them.”

Every department in the hospital, and the hospital volunteers, met or exceeded the departmental food drive goals.

Karen Sims, co-organizer of the food drive, said that a goal-chart posted in the lobby helped boost competition between departments, which in turn helped the hospital beat its original goal by more than 4,000 items.

Food service collected the most items, earning the department a gold medal at a recent employee celebration event. Winning the silver medal was the environmental services department while the volunteers captured the bronze medal. In addition, Ken Russell, in support services; Beverly Miller, in diabetes education; chief nursing executive Lisa Tarkington, CCRN; and volunteers Betty O’Barr, Burnell Hutcherson, and Don Sheffield, received recognition for individual contributions that went above and beyond.

The summer months are when more families are in need of food assistance, which is why Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro and Texas Health Resources hold food drives in June. Overall, Texas Health Resources collected more than 590,000 food items in the system-wide food drive.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro
Guided by its mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve, Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro is a 50-bed facility offering a wide range of services including general surgery, outpatient services, a 24-hour emergency department and a wound care center with hyperbaric unit. The hospital is a member of Texas Health Resources. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 1-800-4-Presby or visit www.PHSCare.org/PHW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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