LIVING OUR PRINCIPLES
We Are Devoted To Serving Our Local Community
Our hospitals proudly contribute to the local communities we serve. Throughout the year, our teams participate in a wide variety of events to educate, raise awareness, fundraise and facilitate networking. Here are just a few highlights of our recent community initiatives.
Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center and Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center
In support of Child Abuse Awareness Month, employees at Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center wore blue and placed blue pinwheels in front of the building and throughout the flower beds. Staff at Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center wore blue ribbon T-shirts and created a lawn display of pinwheels.
River Park Hospital
River Park Hospital brought the local Huntington community together to focus attention on Child Abuse Prevention Month with an event initiated in collaboration with the Governor of West Virginia and the Mayor of Barboursville. Several regional children’s services agencies also participated and provided information on the signs of child abuse and ways to prevent abuse through strengthening families.
Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI) recently funded and coordinated the second annual 5K/10K/Family Fun Run and Obstacle Course benefiting the Iris Clubhouse.
More than 100 people walked and ran in the event, which raised over $8,400 for the Clubhouse, a community collaborative initiated locally about two years ago with support from WBI. The mission of Iris Clubhouse is to save lives, remove barriers and build success stories for people with mental illness through meaningful work and employment opportunities.
Palmdale Regional Medical Center
This past spring, PRMC’s Service Excellence team worked to collect Easter basket donations from employees. Through the generosity of the PRMC employees, more than 400 baskets were donated to Antelope Valley Partners for Health for distribution to various clients and affiliated organizations.
Doctors Hospital of Laredo
The Texas Department of Transportation hosted a press conference at Doctors Hospital of Laredo to kick off the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign to raise awareness about the critical importance of wearing a seat belt in the car.
South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System (STHS) promoted the importance of annual screening mammograms through Cinco de Mammo, an integrated campaign that resulted in 734 mammogram registrations at STHS, up from 588 in 2017.
Columbus Behavioral Health Center for Children and Adolescents
Youth at the facility painted “Kindness Rocks” with messages promoting kindness that were then placed around the community during summer outings. A label that was placed on the bottom of each rock encouraged the individual who found the item to post a photo of themselves with the rock to a special Facebook Group. This summer, residents at the facility enjoyed learning about the people who found their rocks.
Poplar Springs Hospital
The leadership team at Poplar Springs Hospital combined team building with philanthropy: 13 leaders built 14 bicycles that were donated to local children through a YMCA program.
Riveredge Hospital again set a new record in its annual “Bigger Than the Biggest Selfie. Ever!” to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The event brought leaders, businesses and residents together to talk about mental health in the community.
Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Employees, volunteers and friends of Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center worked together to contribute 1,160 boxes of cereal to the Saint Joseph Food Pantry in Bradenton, Florida. The local non-denominational food pantry helps feed 1,600 families each month in the community.
Hurricane Response: Florence and Michael
Hurricanes Florence and Michael devastated parts of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. Certain areas saw record amounts of rain, measured in trillions of gallons, causing severe and devastating flooding. Ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, four of our Behavioral Health hospitals (Brynn Marr, Palmetto Low Country, Palmetto Summerville and Harbor Point) were evacuated and transported patients to other UHS facilities.
Hurricane Michael forced the evacuation of Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, which suffered substantial damage to portions of the building. All patients were safely transferred to neighboring facilities. Due to the damage, ECBH is temporarily closed pending remediation.
A special thank you goes out to everyone involved in patient care during the hurricanes, including the staff at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Holly Hill Hospital, Three Rivers Behavioral Health, Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta, Newport News Behavioral Health Center, Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, The Vines Hospital and Windmoor Healthcare, who all accepted transferred patients. Before, during and after the storms, all facilities worked together with a common goal of patient care continuity and safety of all involved.
Donations to the UHS Foundation
Contributions to the Foundation are allocated to help with immediate personal needs (housing, utilities, clothing and other basic necessities) of your fellow employees who are severely impacted as a result of qualifying natural disasters, such as the recent hurricanes.
To make a 100% tax-deductible contribution via credit/debit card on our secure Link2Pay platform, please visit www.uhsdonates.com. You will immediately receive a thank you confirmation with contribution receipt. (Please note: the donation form is currently not compatible with Apple iPhone and iOS devices.)
If donating via check, please make payable to “UHS Foundation” and either hand it to your local CFO or mail to:
Attn: Treasury Dept.
367 South Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
If donating cash, please hand it to your local CFO, who has been provided deposit instructions. All check and cash donations will receive paper receipts.