Most people don't equate celebrating a birthday or important milestone by making hard work an actual part of that celebration. But Emory Crawford Long Hospital, which this year marks its 100th anniversary, is celebrating its history in a unique way.
Employees will volunteer their time and efforts as part of the hospital's "100 Days of Service" campaign - a summer long commitment to serving the communities who have supported Emory for a century.
"Our goal in this process is to encourage staff to donate time in the community in whatever capacity possible," says Tracy Russell-Gonzalez, director of guest and volunteer services. "As part of this program, we hope to give back to our communities in a way that is meaningful, fun and also builds community spirit among our own employees."
The process began with a volunteer fair at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in April where 16 local organizations set up tables. This allowed employees to talk to the organizations one-on-one and find an avenue that piqued their interest.
As soon as Roxann Arnold, director of patient accounts, saw the Ronald McDonald House volunteer table, she was sold. "I am partial to any volunteer work that has to do with children," says Arnold. Inspired by her time at the Ronald McDonald House, Arnold now collects beverage tabs for the organization and has encouraged her friends to do the same.
The volunteer process continues through August 30. Upon conclusion, volunteer hours will be totaled, and awards handed out for involvement. Staff volunteers are encouraged to bring their families to volunteer, as there are many family-oriented volunteer opportunities.
"I hope folks will bring their youngsters and start a generational process," says Russell-Gonzalez.
Megaan Lorenzen, endoscopy nurse manager, did just that by taking her two children to the Atlanta Food Bank to volunteer. "The kids were excited to be allowed to do something to help people and they thought it was 'cool` that kids could actually make such a huge impact," says Lorenzen.
About Emory Crawford Long Hospital
Emory Crawford Long Hospital was officially begun Oct. 21, 1908, when two physicians, Dr. Edward Campbell Davis and a former student of his, Dr. Luther C. Fischer, opened the 26-bed Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Crew Street, near Turner Field. With just 26 beds, the hospital quickly outgrew its capacity and by 1911, Davis and Fischer moved the hospital to its present site, opening an 85-bed Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Linden Avenue.
Today, Emory Crawford Long Hospital is a 511-bed community-based, acute care teaching facility staffed by 600 Emory medical faculty and 800 community physicians. The hospital is well known for services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine. Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-risk pregnancy.
For further information on Emory Crawford Long Hospital, visit http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/departments/eclh/.