Cedar County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) celebrated National Hospital Week, May 8-14, with a variety of activities. The theme of National Hospital Week 2016 was, “Health care from the Heart”.

CCMH staff members started the week by asking employees to nominate the co-worker they felt had the biggest heart. All the entries were put into a drawing, and one was selected. Diana Pyle, Executive Assistant / HR Manager, was selected as the winner and presented with a red, white and blue gift basket. The employee who nominated Diana stated that “Diana cares about our staff and goes the extra mile to help them. She has a very soft heart and will do anything to help others.”

On May 9 at noon, area residents and CCMH employees were invited to attend a lunch and learn presentation about CCMH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Brooke McPeak, RN/BSN, Cardiac Rehab Manager, gave a very informative Power Point presentation on the Cardiac Rehab Program and Coronary Artery Disease. She spoke about the benefits of participating in the program after experiencing a cardiac episode and spoke about the lifelong maintenance program that is available. Thanks to all who attended.

On May 10, CCMH made available free lab screenings to all CCMH staff members in the hospital classroom from 7-9 a.m. Staff members were treated to healthy snacks after having their blood drawn. Later in the afternoon staff members were invited to participate in some fun and easy games in the classroom. Individuals competed against each other in block stacking, pencil flipping and toilet paper twirling. Three champions were awarded fun summer themed gift baskets. The winners were Cindy Fox, Lori Helm and Lynn Fredricksen.

May 11 was “Staff and Patient Appreciation Day”. The CCMH Auxiliary showed its appreciation to CCMH staff members by providing snacks throughout the day, which was greatly appreciated. CCMH presented the Auxiliary with a giant “thank you card” signed by CCMH staff. Staff members were encouraged to make a special point of thanking the patients they encountered, letting them know how much they are appreciated for choosing CCMH for their health care needs. Pens were distributed at the registration desks of all CCMH facilities; and blue carnations were delivered to inpatients by CEO Jana Witt and Administrative Secretary April Burchett. All staff members received CCMH t-shirts.

On May 12, employees participated in “A Gift from the Heart Food Drive”. Non-perishable food items were collected at the hospital, Medical Mall and Stockton Health Complex. Three large boxes were taken to the Church of Christ food pantry and the Stockton facility donated a large box to the Stockton food pantry.

May 13 was a day for staff to show their CCMH pride. Staff members were invited to participate in a free jean day and wear a CCMH shirt to work. Lunch was served in the classroom where the Dietary Department prepared oven fried chicken, and employees provided sides and desserts. Chicken salad sandwiches and chips were left for the night shift and sent to Stockton.

All CCMH staff members were entered in daily prize drawings held throughout the week. Prizes included gift certificates for area restaurants and tickets to Branson attractions.

Cedar County Memorial Hospital appreciates each and every member of its staff and the support of the community – not just during National Hospital Week but all year long.

This year, during National Hospital Week, the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) launched a new image campaign. MHA would like all Missourians to get behind their efforts to promote and support Missouri hospitals. This campaign is being called the “Support the H” campaign and is supplementing the Missouri Health Matters campaign. To learn more about resources for the “Support the H” campaign, go to MHAnet.com; or you can go to MoHospitals.com to thank hospital staff or share a personal story.

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