Giving Back and Making a Difference

Columbus Regional Healthcare

Columbus Regional Healthcare

I got to take part in one of Columbus Regional’s outreach programs this week. Columbus Regional is involved in many programs, but this week I learned about their connection to Clubview Elementary.

Principal Lorrie Watt and I

Principal Lorrie Watt and I

Clubview is CR’s Partner in Education, and in this partnership management and employees from Columbus Regional support activities and events throughout the year. Columbus Regional is active in a monthly Amazing Ambassadors award breakfast, monthly Wonderful Wednesday education program, Participation in Career Day, and other various involvements at the school. Clubview students also partake in hospital events such as performing at the annual Reindeer Run and Tree of Light Ceremony.

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Students at Clubview enjoying their recognition and breakfast!

Jessica Word helping to give out the breakfast to students and their families.

Jessica Word helping to give out the breakfast to students and their families.

We got to attend the Amazing Ambassadors recognition breakfast. We received donations from Pezold Management for McDonalds biscuits and orange juice; the kids loved it! After their principal, Lorrie Watt, read their Amazing Ambassador awards, Jessica Word and I handed them awards from Columbus Regional as well. It was great to see the children so excited and proud of their accomplishments. The cafeteria was crowded adoring parents, there to honor their children. There were many pictures and smiles that morning.

One of the students I taught English in Mexico.

One of the students I taught English in Mexico.

In addition to being rewarded with the children’s happiness, I was talking with Principal Watt and an opportunity opened up for me. Principal Watt & I discussed me coming back and helping with the children in the Spanish class.

A group of children I got to work closely with.

A group of children I got to work closely with.

I am a Spanish minor and I recently went to Mexico on a study abroad trip. While I was there, some of us volunteered at a school to teach the children English. It was such an amazing experience for me, so the opportunity to create awareness and involvement is extraordinary. These children go without so much and are so often forgotten about. Once a year when CSU comes to visit, we’re the only group that comes to work with them…once a year, for four weeks.

Principal Watt mentioned me doing a presentation to go on their school news station, and I proposed creating pen pals for the classes. There is so much that can come from such a simple connection, and I am eager to see where it will lead.

CSU students busy teaching.

CSU students busy teaching.

CSU students helping children to read.

CSU students helping children to read.

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Handling the Worries About the Public’s Healthcare

Columbus Regional Healthcare

Columbus Regional Healthcare

This week has been really exciting at Columbus Regional! I got to see firsthand how fast paced everything is in the PR department, and how quickly plans and schedules can change.

Dr. Zanga discussing Enterovirus D-68 prevention.

Dr. Zanga discussing Enterovirus D-68 prevention.

Monday, Jessica Word, my supervisor called me to tell me that they got a call from the TV station WRBL asking for a doctor to interview about the Enterovirus D-68. This was a great example to show me how to take action and get the job done! Jessica had to call around to find the perfect candidate for the interview. She told me when choosing people for stuff like this, you want to choose someone who will best represent your company and brand. Finding someone who is educated on the topic at hand Dr. Zanga with WRBL crewand able to articulate great responses is necessary. Also someone who isn’t camera shy!

We were able to coordinate an interview with Dr. Joseph Zanga, the Chief of Pediatrics at Midtown Medical. He has been working with children and their families for years, so he had much to say and great advice to offer to prevent of the spread of the virus.

Find the full story here: http://www.wrbl.com/story/26490732/local-doctors-prepare-for-enterovirus-d-68

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Dr. Deanna Tabb, Clinical Pharmacist-Specializing in Infectious Diseases.

The next day, I came into the office expecting to go to the TV station to shadow a biweekly Health Spotlight, however, we were sent on another mission. WLTZ called and wanted to set up an interview to discuss the Ebola 4 outbreak. Within minutes Jessica had called around to departments and found the perfect specialist to discuss the issue at hand.

Dr. Tabb was able to provide comfort in the fact that if something were to happen, that patient(s) would be able to stay close to home.

Dr. Tabb was able to provide comfort in the fact that if something were to happen, that patient(s) would be able to stay close to home.

Columbus Regional is fortunate to have Dr. Deanna Tabb on staff, who specializes in Infectious Diseases. She was able to inform the public that, IF, an outbreak were to occur, Columbus Regional would be able to handle and care for someone right here.

It has been exciting to get to see how constant everything is in the department. One minute they can be attending to social media for the company, the next coordinating a new event placed in their lap, or getting a phone call that someone will be there in fifteen minutes, so figure out who will be there to represent Columbus Regional. The possibilities here are endless. Right now the department is working on launching a new campaign, full of new logos, ads, and other opportunities to showcase this tremendous healthcare system. All while maintaining and screening everything that is being said-The job is to protect the company, while representing it in a positive light.

Let’s see what else will unfold!