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For Community Hospitals, the Spirit of Giving is Not Just Seasonal

By , CEO, Huntsville Memorial Hospital December 7, 2023 Hospital Partnership, Strategic Direction

Each month across the United States, designated medical conditions are given special recognition (breast cancer for October, Alzheimer’s Disease for November and so on), but healthcare providers care year-round for patients bravely facing these diagnoses. In the same spirit, Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville, Texas, doesn’t confine our commitment to community service to the “season of giving” over the winter holidays. Rather, we strive to demonstrate it year-round. 

That’s not to say that HMH doesn’t do our share of decking the halls and making merry. We celebrate with our employees and physicians, and we make time to connect with community leaders whose support and fellowship contribute to our success throughout the year. These interactions enrich the holiday season and also help us build and maintain important relationships. 

Service Beyond the Hospital Walls

At HMH, spreading goodwill is a 12-month commitment — and we go so far as to set a budget for it. Every year, we consider requests received and opportunities to donate to or participate in community events and fundraisers. We often sponsor events or reserve tables at galas to support local organizations. We also provide in-kind contributions such as staffing first aid stations at fairs and other events.  

Community education is also high on our list of priorities. We’ve set up booths at “safety summits” in area schools; taught neonatal resuscitation classes and other training at offsite locations; and provided health screenings and education at employee health fairs across Walker County.

On a grander scale, in July, HMH launched a new Family Medicine Residency program in collaboration with nearby Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, the college’s first accredited resident physician training program. 

A Commitment to Serve Rooted in History

Our commitment to community service dates back to our beginnings in 1927, when HMH was founded to provide “benevolent and charitable services” to those in need. Just four years short of a century later, HMH is still devoted to providing community-focused, quality care.

We have been especially determined to rebuild community relationships after HMH recovered from a period of financial instability. This year we have taken steps to re-establish the HMH Foundation, which works to improve local healthcare services. We have also recently rewritten our mission statement, and in it are words and phrases that are so often uttered at this time of year — namely, “spirit of warmth” and “compassion.” These aren’t just sentiments fit for a holiday greeting card; they’re our reason for being.

Supporting and caring for others in the community also benefits the hospital. One example is a Google rating that has risen from 1.9 stars just one year ago to 4.1 stars today.

At HMH, this holiday season and every day of the year, “We are devoted to the health and well-being of our regional communities by providing exceptional care to every patient every day with a spirit of warmth, compassion and personal pride. We achieve this through advanced and efficient medical care with strong self-governance.”

This time of year, we take special pride in the strengthened partnership we have with our community to improve the life and health of all who live in the Huntsville area. 

 

By , CEO, Huntsville Memorial Hospital December 7, 2023 Hospital Partnership, Strategic Direction
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