March 15, 2010

Healthcare launches staff campaign

MyEmory Healthcare, an employee and retiree giving program to support Emory Healthcare’s greatest needs and priorities, offers a powerful way to make a difference by helping strengthen shared vision and meet shared goals.

Gifts to MyEmory Healthcare can support continuing education, patient care, clinical services, and countless other areas and will enable Emory Healthcare to continue to advance in innovation, technology and compassionate care.

MyEmory Healthcare volunteer leader Mickey Evans, an RN with the EHC employee health department, has been an Emory Healthcare employee since 2000, working in several departments, including the emergency department and radiology. He got involved with the program after learning how it will channel giving to areas employees are passionate about.

“I have seen firsthand how nurses impact the outcome of patients. Nurses need to have all of the education and training that is available to them. I want my funds to go to sending nurses to workshops and other training opportunities so they can be better prepared to take care of their patients,” says Evans, who directs his MyEmory Healthcare gifts to nursing education.

MyEmory Healthcare’s commitment to transparency is important to volunteer leader Therese Baker ’03MN, unit director for the cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital.

“Most people in the health care field are givers. They want to help, but it is important to know that the money you give is going where you want it to go,” says Baker, who supports the Employee Hardship Fund. “People feel better knowing what is being done with their contributions and getting feedback on what that money is being used for. Through MyEmory Healthcare, it is easy to give and to see the results of your giving.”

Debra Bloom, director of employee fund development and community relations for Emory Healthcare, says leaders at Emory’s four hospitals and The Emory Clinic are setting up committees to determine how employee gifts will be used based on the funds they support. In keeping with EHC’s commitment to shared decision-making and employee engagement, committee participants will include representatives of benefitting service areas, physicians and even patient/family advisers. These groups will guide use of the contributions toward the greatest needs and priorities so use of funds meets donor intent and melds with the strategic plan of Emory Healthcare.

The MyEmory Healthcare intranet site will include FAQs, personal stories, a fund list and description, and donor-recognition section that will include memorial and honor gift listings. Employees and EHC physicians will receive a quarterly update on each fund’s progress.

MyEmory Healthcare has 14 volunteer leaders heading up program efforts for each of Emory Healthcare’s entities, and nearly 30 volunteer champions who have volunteered to help leaders communicate the giving opportunities available to every employee.

MyEmory Healthcare mirrors a similar employee giving campaign recently launched at the University.

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