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News: Centegra holiday caravan spreads cheer

RYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System helped spread its positive spirit with thousands of McHenry County community members by distributing more than $4,000 in Jewel and Target gift cards and holiday baskets to four area non-profit agencies December 22.

On behalf of Centegra’s 3,600 Associates, several executive team members visited and volunteered at the Salvation Army, Turning Point, Home of the Sparrow and Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), a division of the Pioneer Center for Human Resources on Tuesday morning.

“Centegra’s support could not have come at a better time,”  said Major John Price, Commanding Officer for the Salvation Army of McHenry County.

“While the support has been great this year, we are about 8 percent less than where we need to be at this time of the year; in regard to income,”  he added. “Our year-end giving program enables us to begin the new calendar year with adequate funding to assist area residents with the essentials, such as help so their utilities will not be shut off; and help with clothing, furnishings following a fire and much more. We sincerely appreciate Centegra Health System for making a difference in our community.” 

Centegra President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Eesley said, “We’re very proud of our Centegra mojo, a positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts on the inside and radiates to the outside. We’re thrilled to be able to share it with the community this holiday season.” 

This gift card and basket delivery is just one of many ways Centegra Associates are giving back to the community this year.

Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings was delivered to a single mother with three young children by Associates; an Adopt-a-Family campaign helped 36 people in seven different families in our community who are less fortunate and a holiday sock fashion show was conducted in the surgery department in which donations will be given to the McHenry County Food Pantry for fresh food items this holiday season. A diaper drive was also conducted earlier to donate to the new diaper pantry in McHenry County.

Many Associates donate time as Salvation Army bell ringers. Others will help with food and clothing drives and Christmas Clearinghouse. Through its mobile health unit, Wellness on the Move, Centegra also offers free health screenings in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes food distributions to the needy. In 2009, hundreds of area residents have prevented or detected a variety of complications because of a simple visit to the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit.

In addition, Centegra also makes yearly monetary contributions to 18 McHenry County Food Pantries on behalf of its board members, physicians and volunteers.

“We’re very proud of our Associates for sharing their joyful spirits and passionate care not only within Centegra Health System but within the entire McHenry County community. I can see during these deliveries that their contribution to improving the health and wellness of our community is sincerely appreciated,”  Eesley added.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community.