RMH employees proved they want to grow a stronger RMH as they donated more than $100,000 to the 2013 RMH Employee Gifts Campaign.
This year’s Employee Gifts Campaign used dual themes: “Growing a Stronger RMH” and “Build It Up!” The campaign raised $100,477, which is 118 percent of the original goal of $85,000, said Janet Wendelken, director of the Annual Fund of the RMH Foundation
. Wendelken directs the Employee Gifts Campaign.
“This generosity shows that RMH employees care about their patients, their co-workers, their work, and this hospital,” said RMH President Jim Krauss. “These funds will go a long way in fulfilling our mission to improve health and promote wellbeing. They truly understand that the stronger RMH is, the better able we are to serve our community.”
A total of 752 RMH coworkers made gifts to the campaign, which ran from May 22 through June 28. The five-week campaign was led by five RMH employees who served as volunteer co-chairs: Lori Gravely, material management; Deanna Lam, Women’s Center; Beth Robbie, radiology; Meg Robinson, Wellness Center; and Darrell Wyant, facilities management.
To celebrate the campaign’s success, all employees were invited to be a part of a “smart flash mob” June 10 outside the RMH Mountain View Café. They danced to an original version of the oldies song, “Build Me Up, Buttercup,”—called “Build It Up, Buttercup”-- choreographed and led by Kia Johnson, a fitness instructor at the RMH Wellness Center,
The Employee Gifts Campaign at RMH was started in 1975. This year employees could focus their donations to support the hospital equipment and program fund, the Employee Relief Fund or their own or another department. The Employee Relief Fund is a fund set up by the hospital to assist employees who are facing a financial crisis due to a serious illness or unfortunate personal situation.
The 2012 campaign raised $114,000. It focused on the capital campaign for the new Funkhouser Women’s Center
, which opened in June.