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TRHS leaders give back to the community as part of leadership development training

LDI Community Service CollageEach quarter, the leaders at Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) meet to further their leadership skills at Leadership Development Institutes (LDI). The two-day training typically consists of educational sessions and team-building exercises, but their most recent LDI included a special activity: community service.

“This quarter, we wanted to give back to our community.  Each team selected a community project for a portion of Day 1 of our Leadership Institute.  Our primary goal was to work together and make a positive impact in our community,” stated Beth Ryther, System Director of Service Excellence at TRHS.

Participants were formed into eight teams and were led by one member of TRHS Administration. Each group met together to choose their community project. The teams were given a small budget to complete the project, but most teams raised additional funds in order to give more. Each group was required to choose a team name which reflected their project or their team.

Claire Byrnes, Vice President of Physician Services, led the “Hands of Hope” team. They chose to refurbish the daycare playground at Herring Memorial United Methodist Church in Tifton. Fellow team member Chris Efaw, Vice President of Outreach and Development stated, “Many of the participants commented on the quality job we performed in such a short period of time.  That’s because we all worked together in a coordinated effort.   We helped our community, but this project also reinforced good, old-fashioned teamwork.”

The “Impact Makers” were led by James Nixon, Vice President of Administrative and Clinical Services. The Impact Makers volunteered with Hospice of Tift Area, Tift Regional Dialysis Center, and the Anita Stewart Oncology Center by providing support for families at the various areas. Team members provided yard work, house sitting, and grocery shopping for caregivers and patients.

Dennis Crum, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Indera Rampal-Harrod, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, led the “SMILE – Serving Many in Love Everyday” team. This team assisted with preparations to the House of Hope for their upcoming grand opening. The House of Hope is a shelter to assist women and children who are temporarily without a home.  Patricia Reese, Outpatient Dialysis Director commented, “I've learned so much about life in just a short hour through the eyes of another.  Being able to give of myself and my time, I realized what a blessing it was to the recipient.  It's not always about money or things.  It's about service to others."

The “Cook Game Changers” chose to renovate an existing space for a new and improved game room at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Cook County Area in Adel. The team was led by Cook Medical Center CEO, Michael Purvis. The team also provided a 55” TV which was donated by Wal-Mart of Adel, and a Playstation to the Club. The room was furnished with couches, tables, and chairs no longer being used in the hospital and physician offices.

Carol Smith, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, led the “Life Savers” team who volunteered at the Tift County Animal Control/Shelter. Team members spent the afternoon assisting with bathing, walking, and caring for the animals at the shelter. In addition, the Life Savers team provided donated supplies for a rescue trailer renovation, as well as animal food.

The “Local 229” team was led by Chris Dorman, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The team chose to spend the afternoon at Wal-Mart in Tifton. They split up into smaller teams and went throughout the store randomly purchasing items for Wal-Mart patrons. Some purchased groceries, others purchased prescriptions at the pharmacy, and one group even purchased Christmas presents at the layaway counter. The team also chose to collect personal donations from team members to help other organizations.  With the funds donated personal supplies to hospice patients as well as needed items for Call to Care, an organization that serves foster and adoptive families.

Linda Wilson, Vice President of Physician Services, led the “Mountain Climbers” team. The Mountain Climbers went to the GO Bailey Primary School and refurbished the playground to include the replacement of boards, rusty chains, and painting of equipment.  “I am proud to be part of such a great team of co-workers and having the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.  Seeing the faces of those precious children checking out their renovated playground was priceless,” said Karen Mann, Practice Manager for Affinity Hospital Medicine.

The “Revolution” team, led by Dr. William Guest, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, chose to paint the interior of The American Legion of Tift County, Post 21. All teams were instructed to give a brief presentation of their experiences during the second day of the LDI. The Revolution team arranged for two members of the American Legion to attend their presentation. Paul Moyer, current Commander and Wayne Duffel, immediate past Commander both spoke about their gratitude towards Tift Regional for participating in this project.

“Our mission is to serve the health needs of the patient as well as those of the communities we serve.  As healthcare workers, we are privileged to serve our patients and their families every day.  Our Impact Community Projects gave us an opportunity to serve in a different way.  The leadership at Tift Regional is honored to have a chance to give back,” stated Ryther.