Beloit Health System- 2014 Community Contributor Award

Recently, the Zonta Club of Beloit awarded Beloit Health System with the great honor of being named the 2014 Community Contributor Award.

Online PR News – 23-May-2014 – Beloit, Wisconsin – Recently, the Zonta Club of Beloit awarded Beloit Health System with the great honor of being named the 2014 Community Contributor Award. This award was presented to Tim McKevett at their annual meeting. We thought you would enjoy reading about some of the reasons we were awarded this honor. Beloit Health System generously offers a great number of free or reduced cost services to keep our community healthy and vital. The following article names just a few.

Beloit Health System has over 1500 employees and physicians who interact with our community on a daily basis, whether this interaction is within the walls of our facilities, or in the community where they live. Beloit Health System believes in making our community a better, healthier place for us all to thrive.

As a team member, employees are also encouraged to be involved in the community through service and advocacy. Beloit Health System not only sponsors a host of activities that make our community a better place, their employees also personally get involved to make a difference. Some of their physicians and employees donate services as part of their work days, and many times these employees contribute time on their own. They do this to make our stateline area a better place to raise their families.

The list of involvements is lengthy however a very few examples include;organizes a fundraising team for the annual Cancer Relay of Life to raise funds for research and cancer care; provides scholarships for those wishing to continue their education in healthcare (for high school seniors and current nurses); counsels students after a student crisis or school event; hosts complimentary education events to educate and promote healthy living;provides free birth preparation and new parents classes to those bringing babies into the world, and sponsors the first annual “Music and More” outdoor concert promoting a health focus.

Every year during Nurse’s Week, the Health System encourages employee competition in the form of collectingnon-perishable food for Caritas. This all-employee food drive has been one of the largest for Caritas who feeds our local hungry and each year reaches a donation total of about 7,500 food items!

For the local schools, Beloit Health System provides health speakers to promote good parenting, crisis intervention, student counseling after a tragedy, sports physicals and more. The health system employs three athletic trainers who donate their expertise to six area high schools for sports safety and sideline supervision. Operation Timothy is another program that has existed for many years where First Graders come to the hospital to learn more about what to expect on a typical stay.

The health system also provides support for national health recognition weeks including Breast Cancer awareness, February Heart Month, National Nutrition Week and more. Many health programs, fairs, speakers, and activitiesare provided to the greater Beloit community free of charge, not only to promote prevention of disease, but to educate the public and encourage a healthy living style.

Beloit Health System provides programs at the Senior Center and also has a “Health Talks” program free to the public. Speakers are available free of charge, to speak on a variety of health awareness and educational offerings. The health system employees not only financially support the United Way as a pacesetter, but also volunteer in the “Day of Caring” by taking vacation hours in an effort to support the stateline community.

The Stateline Boys and Girls Club recently awarded Beloit Health System and NorthPointe the “Champions of Youth” award for the free services we provide youth in the area including a Kids Health Day. The health systemsponsors and supports this important agency, along with others such as Hospice, local business Chambers, Black History Month, Meals on Wheels (where employees also deliver meals) and many more.

The physicians/clinical staff also provide many hours of care for the community and provide many programs/services on their own time. The hospital last year provided over $300 million in uncompensated services to our local residents including $27 million in charity care.Many of our employees also go beyond our community borders, by volunteering medical care in the Philippines, Haiti and Sudan to name a few.

Beloit Health System is honored to be such an integral part of our community.Our mission is to be the leader in regional health and wellness while delivering value and satisfaction to our community. Providing health awareness, promoting safety, and caring for our residents is a priority in accomplishing this mission.