St. Barnabas Employees Donate $16,058 for Patient Care

    GIBSONIA, Pa., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation,
 the fund-raising arm of St. Barnabas Health System, announced that it has
 received pledges totaling $16,058 during the 2001-02 Special People Fund
 campaign.
     The monies are pledges from the health system's employees, or "Special
 People."  Of the health system's 530 employees, 93 percent made contributions.
 Employees could either make a one-time contribution or they could choose to
 have their contribution spread throughout the year via a deduction from their
 biweekly paychecks.
     In making their pledge, employees were asked which St. Barnabas facility
 they would like their donation to support: Valencia Woods Nursing Center, The
 Arbors at Valencia Woods or St. Barnabas Nursing Home.  The donations
 contribute to the well-being of the patients St. Barnabas employees serve in
 their day-to-day jobs.
     Since the Special People Fund began in 1986, employees have contributed
 $194,758.  This year's contributions will help pay for renovations to a wing
 at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, as well as help pay for services and
 surroundings to enhance the lives of the patients at St. Barnabas Nursing
 Home, Valencia Woods Nursing Center and The Arbors at Valencia Woods.
     As an added incentive this year, employees who made pledges were entered
 into a drawing to win prizes ranging from gift certificates at area
 restaurants to a 19-inch color television.
     "Our employees are truly special people," said William V. Day, president
 of St. Barnabas Health System.  "Their generosity with this campaign is just a
 small token of the way they go above and beyond the call of duty everyday to
 ensure that our patients and residents receive the best care possible."
 
     About St. Barnabas
     St. Barnabas Health System is the largest health care concern of its kind
 in Pennsylvania.  Tracing its heritage back to 1900, the system serves
 approximately 700 inpatients and residents, plus 35,000 outpatients and home
 care clients.  Faith-based yet non-denominational, St. Barnabas Health System
 is comprised of St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation, St. Barnabas Medical
 Center, St. Barnabas Nursing Home, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands
 at St. Barnabas, The Washington Place, The Arbors at Valencia Woods, and
 Valencia Woods Nursing Center.
 
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