GALLIPOLIS, Ohio, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Holzer Clinic was built in 1949 on the vision of Charles Holzer, Jr., M.D. to create a medical practice that not only provided superior healthcare to all residents of southern Ohio and western West Virginia, but also to support the communities in which it serves. Since that time, Holzer Clinic Employees have been giving back by contributing to charitable projects benefiting their surrounding areas. This year Holzer Clinic employees have exceeded everyone's expectations and have truly gone above and beyond. Employees were challenged with a contest hosted by the Holzer Clinic Customer Service Committee in which the winning group would plan and implement the most innovative humanitarian project with the highest level of community impact. More than 150 employees participated in 23 different charitable initiatives between May and September of 2009.
Taking First Place in the contest was Shelly Rose and Michelle Landrum of Holzer Clinic Jackson who, in light of the increasing jobless rate and the discouragement it brings, hosted a Free Clothing Give-away Event. After numerous hours of collecting and sorting more than 8,000 pieces of clothing and shoes, the give-away began with hundreds in attendance. "What an experience it was for me," stated Shelly Rose. "Telling people about it brought tears to my eyes. To see children carrying around their sacks was truly rewarding."
The First Runner-up was team Holzer Clinic Sycamore Health Center lead by Adam Koch for their Community Garden. Their idea sprouted when members of the Health Center voiced they did not have the ability to develop a fresh food garden on their own. The clinic donated ground to start a community garden which provided an alternative enjoyable activity, enhanced healthy lifestyles, and provided much needed nourishment to those in need. The abundant bounty was donated to families in need across the region.
Second Runner-up went to Holzer Clinic's Pediatric Department's team chaired by Angie Long, who took the initiative to expand the Snack Pack Program to benefit Washington Elementary School in Gallipolis, Ohio. Their efforts will provide healthy food items one weekend a month, for low income, needy children throughout the 2009/2010 school year.
Holzer Clinic South Charleston employees Dora Hughes and Jill Smith received the position of Third Runner-up for their literacy awareness program called Books are Bridges. Dedicated to comforting sick children, encouraging family time, and spreading literacy awareness, this program collected gently used books for the purpose of distributing among area Hospital Pediatric Departments.
"Holzer Clinic would like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of all who participated in this challenge. Holzer Clinic feels strongly that expanding opportunities and enhancing the quality of life of our service areas through charitable activity is not only a responsibility, it is a privilege," stated T. Wayne Munro, MD, President of Holzer Clinic. "We are proud of each and every participant and all of our employees for the work they do in their communities every day."
About Holzer Clinic:
Holzer Clinic is a multiple discipline health care system of over 140 board certified physicians providing care in more than thirty areas of expertise. With nine locations throughout southeastern Ohio and western West Virginia, Holzer Clinic provides "Medical Excellence, coupled with Local Caring".
Holzer Clinic is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.
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