supporting community programs
St. Francis employees demonstrate their caring by forming teams and participating in many community development programs throughout the year, such as the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In addition St. Francis employees donated more than $117,000 to the local United Way campaign.
Some of the best champions for our community are within our own health system. Many St. Francis employees participate in the Super Saints program through activities which provide them the opportunity to share gifts of time, compassion and service, such as: donation of school supplies, Easter baskets and Christmas gifts to local underprivileged children, and helping to beautify the city during Hands on Greenville's HOG Day. This year's "School Tools" drive resulted in school supplies for 115 local children, and the Easter "Be a Bunny" drive resulted in 108 baskets.
In addition, the Super Saints participates in Hands on Greenville's HOG Day. This past year's project was landscaping and general exterior clean up of the New Horizon Family Health Services building on Mallard St. The Super Saints trimmed bushes and trees, pressured washed, raked and spread mulch to beautify the building.
St. Francis is blessed to have more than 200 volunteers who serve at both hospitals and at Open Arms Hospice. Hear the story of one of our volunteers below:
pet visitation program
St. Francis enjoys a special group of volunteers of the four-legged variety! Approximately 15 pet visitation volunteers visit patients on each floor at the downtown hospital each week. A volunteer tells of a recent visit:
"Getting off the elevator I noticed a teenaged girl and her family across the hall. You could tell they were fighting the tears, so my dog and I went to the family. The girl was so happy to see the dogs. With a smile on her face, she bent down to pet Miss Scarlet and gave her a big hug. The next thing you know her family was in the doorway smiling and petting the dogs. If you could have only seen a family member when the golden gently leaned into them as if to say 'everything will be ok'.”