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Hospitals Promote Good Health, Generosity as The Holidays Kick Off

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 4, 2013

Cash and check donations were welcomed, as well, with each dollar adding 5 points to the corresponding hospital. The healthy competition will help needy families eat well this winter, and that's a win for everyone involved.

Hospital employees dish out meals, clothing

CarePoint Health, a three-hospital system in northern New Jersey, donated funding and encouraged staff to volunteer at local homeless shelters this Thanksgiving to ensure that anyone in need could get a hot meal. The health system also donated sweaters, hats, and blankets to the shelters to help their patrons stay warm this winter.

CarePoint gave $1,000 checks to several food pantries to make certain they didn't run out of food, while hospital staff signed up at local shelters to help prepare and serve meals.

"This is about CarePoint's commitment to the community," said Karen Stewart, director of marketing and public relations for CarePoint, who handed out clothing at one shelter. "These are often the same people the hospital serves."

Volunteer opportunities like these not only help an organization's community but improve staff morale, too, by promoting teamwork and the philanthropic spirit.

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