Floyd Medical Center Straightforward

Celebrating the Magnificent Hearts of Floyd

Posted by Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO
December 28, 2017

As we have celebrated this holiday season, and now the New Year, giving is the recurring theme, of gifts we have received and of gifts that we give to others. What is most meaningful is the motivation behind those gifts and giving.

We try to highlight Floyd employee gifts of service in the Floyd system, through recognition from Wow cards, at formal events like the Celebration of Service, in story telling through our story of the month, and by recognizing folks at our daily patient safety huddle, just to name a few. When we celebrate these acts of kindness and compassion, we further our mission by inspiring each other to be ready for opportunities to do the same.

One area that we don’t talk a lot about is the way Floyd employees give financially. Their generosity is a tremendous testament to the caring character of the people who work at Floyd. In calendar year 2017, Floyd employees donated $281,781.68 to our community. Here is a breakdown of what was given:

Breast Center fundraisers $9,979.04
Cancer Navigators $9,233.50
Floyd SPIRIT contributions $208,830
Floyd SPIRIT fundraisers $10,015.92
Love Light Tree $975
March of Dimes $18,603
Polk SPIRIT contributions $10,175
Polk SPIRIT fundraisers $1,735.22
United Way $11,235
Total $281,781.68

Of note is the more than $230,000 given to SPIRIT, our employee giving club. SPIRIT funds are directly reinvested in Floyd, whether at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center or our ancillary services, paying for items that might not otherwise be funded, such as our Mobile Mammography Coach, Nonemergency transportation, and items on the capital equipment budget that we might not yet have funding to purchase. Participation in SPIRIT is voluntary, yet about 70 percent of our employees believe so fully in the work they do that they choose to invest in the Floyd mission.Over $280,000! This is amazing. I appreciate the depth of caring in the hearts of Floyd employees, not only in delivering outstanding care every day, but in giving these financial gifts to others in need. The same employees who annually give this large amount of money also generously give their time, volunteering at health fairs, helping with endeavors in their children’s schools and in their churches and other events.

Our resources and time are valuable commodities. That our employees give both willingly is a welcome reminder in this new year that we each have something to contribute and that each gift is like a note in a symphony that is beautiful on its own, and when combined with all the others, is magnificent.

Kurt Stuenkel

About Kurt

Kurt Stuenkel has served as President and CEO of Floyd since 1996. He leads a health care system that includes a 304-bed hospital with a level II trauma center and a level III NICU, a family medicine residency program; a 25-bed critical access hospital; a regional primary care network; urgent care centers; and a hospice program. As CEO, Kurt is faced with the many challenges that come with leading a multi-faceted organization that includes a safety net hospital.

He has written articles for, and is faculty with the American College of Healthcare Executives on the topic of Lean Six Sigma and the 120 day workout methodology, and he frequently hosts visitors who wish to learn about the implementation of these techniques.

Kurt has served as Chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, and VHA Georgia; as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Section and Regional Provider Board; and as a member of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and the Georgia Health Strategies Council.

Under Kurt’s leadership, Floyd has won numerous state and national awards for supply chain, quality, public relations and programmatic excellence, with a focus on culture, performance, new programs and facilities.