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|
|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|
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.