Janesville, Wisconsin (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
Mercy president, CEO Javon Bea: Since the need for food and other donations for local charities and organizations continue to increase, Mercy hosted a system-wide food drive to fill the shelves for neighbors in need during the holidays.
Janesville's charitable organizations depend on community giving programs to assist area residents with the essentials they need every day. This year, Mercy asked what the needs were for ECHO Food Pantry, Salvation Army and Caritas in Beloit. Their lists included turkeys, non-perishable food items, diapers and even coats.
"Our partners are very thoughtful, especially in these tough economic times," says Javon Bea, Mercy Health System president and CEO. "There are people who live hungry every day in the Rock County area. This is just one of the many ways we give back to the community."
Mercy held two challenges on December 5 that included all departments at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center as well as its Rock County clinics and business center staff. The surgical team won the hospital challenge with a total of 710 pounds of food, contributing to an end weight of 7,172 pounds donated by Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center staff. The revenue cycle team at Mercy Business Center won the clinic/business challenge, bringing in 2011.4 pounds of food, contributing to 7,117.8 pounds of food. Together, both challenges collected a whopping 14,289.8 pounds of food.
"It's days like these that really highlight why our employee partners are truly amazing people," says Sue, Mercy surgical employee. "We are thankful to have such wonderful people working here to help make the community a better place to live."
On December 18, Mercy's hospitals in Lake Geneva and Harvard, Illinois will have a similar food drive challenge.