CPMC Employees Show Holiday Spirit

December 21, 2012

The holidays will be a little brighter for two area non-profit organizations this year.  On Monday, Caring Ministries and the Fort Morgan Humane Society each received donations for $2,150 and $700 respectively from employees at Colorado Plains Medical Center.  Santa Claus (Jeff Osuch) and hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mike Patterson, presented the checks prior to the facility’s annual kid’s holiday party.

Traditionally, CPMC administration presents a gift to hospital staff in appreciation for the year’s commitment to service.  Several of the employees asked that their gift be given to a deserving agency instead of themselves.  A hospital committee then selected two groups to support with this endeavor.

“I am really proud of the staff’s decision this year to spread the spirit of giving to those less fortunate,” noted Patterson.  “This is something that they proposed and wanted to do and not a directive of administration.  As a community hospital, we look for ways that we can give back to the community.  This shows that not only do we care for our patients on a daily basis, but we care for those outside the walls of our facility, too.”

This is not the first time the 50 bed acute care facility made sure that the Christmas spirit was kindled both inside the hospital as well as in the community during the holidays and throughout the year.  Two years ago, CPMC elected to make a charitable gift to Caring Ministries and the Salvation Army in lieu of mailing out Christmas cards.

In December 2002, the hospital launched its first teddy bear drive for pediatric patients with a grant from the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the generosity of CPMC Auxiliary members.  Since that time, several employees, community organizations, and businesses have matched that original purchase, thus allowing the project to continue its mission of comfort for the past ten years.  

Hospital employees have generously given to various giving trees erected throughout the hospital.  Over the years, items such as shoes, canned food, toys, and clothing have been given to those in need.

For the past four years, a hospital-wide effort to collect backpacks filled with school supplies has taken place.  Employees have also contributed birthday cakes to residents at Valley View Villa for several years.

On average, CPMC donates approximately $50,000 to various community organizations and activities as well as supports a local health fair in order for individuals to receive free or low-cost screenings.

“Care can be delivered in different ways.  One of the ways Colorado Plains Medical Center is transforming the concept of care is showing that we not only care for patients at the bedside, but we have a strong interest in the well-being of the entire community,” adds Patterson.