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PCMH feels the holiday spirit

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

Pike County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is continuing its tradition of giving to those in need around the holidays. To support their fellow employees and the surrounding community, PCMH employees collected items from canned food to gloves to turkeys.

“Pike County Memorial Hospital is pleased to help the community beyond quality health care,” said Lorraine Harness, PCMH administrator. “Our employees have a giving spirit, and I appreciate that they are willing to give so freely to others.”

For the fourth year in a row, Pike County Memorial Hospital employees have donated hats, gloves and mittens to area schools so that children will stay warm when the temperatures are cool. Area schools that are receiving donations include Louisiana, Bowling Green, BONCL and Clopton.

“It really makes you feel good knowing that you are helping a child keep warm this winter,” said Lisa Pitzer, PCMH RN and director of the PCMH medical/surgical unit that organizes the hat and glove drive.

A special addition to the hat and mitten drive this year was a cash donation from the hospital’s clinic staff in Bowling Green and Louisiana. After winning the PCMH Halloween Costume and Pumpkin Decorating Contests, the clinics decided the best thing to do with the winnings was donate them to a good cause.

“Christmas is the time of giving, not receiving,” said Lynn Reuther, who works at the Bowling Green Clinic. “We wanted to pay it forward – it is in our hearts to help others.”

The giving spirit at PCMH started in November with the Giving Tree food drive. Employees brought in non-perishable food, and those items were given to Heart to Heart Outreach in Louisiana. In addition, the PCMH Employee Council is giving away turkey dinners to five deserving employees and their families.

Continuing with the holiday spirit, this year brought another activity to help those who need it most in Pike County. The PCMH Employee Council set up an Angel Tree to benefit local foster children. Staff and community members chose angels, who represented the foster children, off the tree and purchased gifts from the children’s wish lists.

“In tough economic times like these, people are hurting, and we are glad to be able to give them something to alleviate some costs in their lives,” said Jan Shuford, PCMH Employee Council team leader. “With the addition of the Angel Tree, we were able to reach out to kids who don’t have as much as others and make their Christmas quite a bit brighter.”

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