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Inside the news: A Texas hospital serves its community in a time of need

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 4, 2008

In a time where money is tight and poverty is on the rise, Medical City Dallas Hospital is changing lives in its community by raising money for local charities.

The 2008 ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® redesignation recipient focused on Force of Magnetism 10: Community and the healthcare organization, which now falls under Component II: Structural empowerment. The hospital’s employees took part in a benefit called “Project Change a Life” to raise funds for a new food pantry and poverty prevention center in Pleasant Grove—a suburb of Dallas. Medical City Hospital employees raised more than $192,000—exceeding their goal by $37,000.

In an effort to raise the funds the employees:

  • Held bake sales
  • Hosted golf tournaments
  • Carhopped at local Sonic restaurants and donated all earned tips to the project
  • Created a hospitalwide 18-month calendar featuring physician offices and departments and sold them around the hospital
  • Raffled tickets to a seven-day Caribbean cruise (including flights to cruise port)
  • Raffled a red scooter and gas cards
  • Raffled 80 hours of paid time off (hours were donated by employees)
  • Hosted career enhancement conferences that attracted professionals from across the state (neurosciences and respiratory care generated thousands of dollars by hosting these professional conferences)

Source: Medical City Dallas Hospital press release

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