December 17, 2012

Lewis Health Center employees offer holiday joy to community members

HOHENWALD, Tenn. – Employees and physicians at Lewis Health Center (LHC) have offered holiday cheer to numerous families in the community during the recent holiday season.

LHC staff members identified two families, each with two children, who needed a helping hand with their Christmas food and gift purchases. According to LHC nurse Karen Frazier, the Christmas project started out as a small undertaking by three nurses, but quickly grew into a facility-wide project involving all employees. “As a result, we are going to be providing not only toys, clothes, books and filled stockings, but also food for their Christmas dinners,” said Frazier. The gifts will be delivered this week, just in time for Christmas.

The project, which employees plan to make an annual event, is one of several that LHC staff members have organized in recent months to help those in need.

According to Nurse Manager Maggie Thomas, LHC staff members learned of six patients who were unable to prepare meals for the Thanksgiving holiday. Meals were prepared and delivered to those patients. LHC also provided gift certificates to four families to assist with their grocery and household needs during Thanksgiving. Boxes of nonperishable food items were provided to three additional families in November.

The facility also held a food drive in October and collected 150 pounds of nonperishable food items. The food was delivered to the local food bank for distribution to community members in need.

“I am so proud of our employees for reaching out to those who need a helping hand during this holiday season. They truly demonstrate what this time of the year is all about,” said Dr. Dustin Flowers, director of LHC.

LHC staff members are pictured preparing gifts to be given to two local families at Christmas. Pictured (l-r) are Magen Schmittou, Tammy Barrier, Gail Bumgarner, Jenny Tanner, Jacqueline Hendrix, Dr. Dustin Flowers, Shelly Hobbs and Melissa Collie.