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News: Centegra caravan delivers holiday spirit

Centegra Health System executives spread holiday cheer as they visited area non-profit organizations to volunteer and deliver donations on Dec. 13. On behalf of Centegra’s 3,600 Associates, system leaders distributed gifts and donated their time to Salvation Army, Turning Point, Home of the Sparrow and Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), a division of the Pioneer Center for Human Resources.

”Our Centegra Health System colleagues dedicate themselves to caring for our community every day of the year,”  said Michael S. Eesley, chief executive officer at Centegra Health System. “We are proud to represent them as we reach beyond our healthcare roles and simply help as community members.” In these tough economic times, it is especially important to consider those who have the greatest needs,”  said Robert M. Rosenberger, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Centegra. “There are people who are hungry and cold every day in the greater McHenry County area. We are so happy to remember them and to help any way we can.” 

The area’s charitable organizations depend on their year-end giving programs to fund programs that assist area residents with the essentials. Money raised helps people buy clothing, pay for utilities and to regroup after emergencies. This year, Centegra officials asked what the needs were of each organization. The lists included toys, clothing, small appliances, books and more.

”Centegra Associates donate thousands of volunteer hours each year to organizations in greater McHenry County,”  said Susan Milford, senior vice president of marketing and planning and wellness services. “We often volunteer on our own time and it’s really special to join my colleagues as we give back to our communities. This is my favorite part of the holiday season because it reflects the generous spirit of Centegra’s Associates.” 

Beyond the gift card and delivery of needed items, Centegra Associates touched the lives of many community members in 2010. Many Associates donate time as Salvation Army bell ringers. Others help with food and clothing drives and Christmas Clearinghouse. Still other Associates provide free health screenings through Centegra’s Wellness on the Move mobile health unit. Their outreach helped hundreds of area residents prevent or detect diseases and illnesses through screenings and vaccinations in 2010.

In addition, Centegra also makes yearly monetary contributions to 19 McHenry County Food Pantries on behalf of its board members, physicians and volunteers.”Centegra’s Associates share our joyful spirit in everything we do,”  Eesley said. “When we visit people in need, many of them share stories about the compassionate, high-quality care they received from Associates and physicians at Centegra. We are very proud of the way we reach into our community to care for our neighbors. As we visit these organizations, we are delighted to see the positive difference Centegra Health System makes in so many lives.” 