Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 2, 2010)---Botsford Hospital employees generously contributed to a clothing drive for the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Redford. More than 100 bags of clothing, shoes and blankets were collected for the Redford store that has recently partnered with Botsford to provide necessary items for patients in need.
The partnership began when an employee contacted the president and CEO of Botsford Health Care, Paul LaCasse, D.O., about a patient who had been hit hard by the economy and had nothing. She wanted to know what the hospital could do to help other patients who might end up in this same situation. Dr. LaCasse agreed and Botsford moved forward to find a community resource for clothes and personal items.
Knowing that the hospital did not have the space to hold a variety of items, Cynthia Bonkowski, Botsford Hospital’s volunteer services manager, contacted the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Redford. Bonkowski, says, “The managers at the store were happy to help our patients. We also agreed to hold a clothing drive twice a year that will help fill their store’s shelves. This will not only help us when we need items, but it will also help others in the community who go to their store.”
Since the inception of this program, Botsford has created a voucher system for hospital staff to complete when they determine a patient needs an item from the Salvation Army. The form allows staff to check off the item and size requested. Bonkowski, says, “We recently put this partnership into action, as late one afternoon a hospital social worker contacted me about a patient who was in need of a pair of shoes. I immediately contacted the Salvation Army, who put aside the shoes in the patient’s size. Within 20 minutes, one of Botsford’s mobile security officers had picked up the shoes and brought them to the patient, just in time for the patient’s discharge.”
Bonkowski, says, “We look forward to being able to help our patients through this partnership. Providing them with a warm blanket or a pair of shoes is just a small way to show that we care.”
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.
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