As a leading healthcare organization and a collective system of over 28,000 physicians, associates and volunteers, we are part of the community we serve. From July 2013 to June 2014, OhioHealth physicians and associates volunteered over 12,000 hours. Our associates are actively involved in the community on all levels-as individuals; as part of a team in a department, business unit or care site; and at the organizational level.
Opportunities for community involvement at these various levels are derived from our partnerships with a large and diverse collection of community organizations, which give us better insight and understanding of how best to support the needs of our communities.
Team OhioHealth is comprised of OhioHealth associates who volunteer their time. Associates participate in event sponsored by OhioHealth, such as walks and community events, and also take action to volunteer with organizations that they feel passionately about.
Team OhioHealth at the 2014 Heart Walk OhioHealth identifies system-wide initiatives throughout the year that align with our mission to improve the health of those we serve. These include:
Komen Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, with Columbus being home to the largest race in the nation. In addition to raising funds, Race for the Cure is committed to educating the public about early detection and helps raise awareness of the importance of breast health. In 2014, Team OhioHealth registered more than 500 participants and raised more than $13,000.
American Heart Association Heart Walk
As the leader in providing heart, neurological and vascular care to our community, OhioHealth walks to support the American Heart and Stroke Association's effort to promote the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke. In 2014, 2,840 people walked with Team OhioHealth and raised more than $200,000.
Food is health. Mid-Ohio Foodbank distributed 54.6 million pounds of food last year, enabling food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters across 20 counties to provide food for more than 121,625 meals each day. In 2014, OhioHealth associates contributed more than 200,000 meals to food insecure Ohioans.
Associate Giving Campaign
For over ten years, OhioHealth as a system has chosen to partner with United Way to conduct a giving campaign. Being part of a larger community, it is important to participate in community building such as the United Way campaign. Partnering with people and organizations who have the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done, United Way of Central Ohio is improving lives and strengthening our community with an approach that centers on broad vision, focused action, accountability and results. In 2014, OhioHealth associates collectively pledges over $1 million to United Way.
For more information about our associate community involvement, contact OhioHealth Community Relations at (614) 544.4429.