Employees Give Back
In September 2010, Woman’s employees raised $79,000 through the Employee Campaign and chose to dedicate 50-percent of the campaign funds toward establishing a Woman’s Employee Emergency Fund. Everyone faces hard times, and this fund allows employees to help each other when they are most in need. This fund came just in time for one long time Woman’s employee.
The first recipient of the Woman’s Employee Emergency Fund was Carol Reed, RN-Surgery, who has been an employee of Woman’s for 27 years. In December 2008, Carol was diagnosed with lymphoma. Following treatment, she remained in remission for a year, but the lymphoma returned this year.
Currently, Carol has been in and out of the hospital receiving strong chemotherapy treatments and on December 8, 2010, she was admitted to MD Anderson for a stem cell transplant. She’s expected to remain hospitalized at MD Anderson for a month and remain in Houston for three additional weeks as an out-patient.
Due to her condition, Carol hasn’t been able to work since August 12 and is currently on extended leave from Woman’s. In fact, she hasn’t received a pay check in over a month. The Woman’s Employee Emergency Fund has donated $1,100 to help alleviate some of the financial stress Carol is facing during this medical crisis.
In Carol’s words, “This money comes at a time when I am not receiving a paycheck and is helping me meet my bill payments.”
“I’m trying to have a good attitude…this won’t be an easy month. Hopefully the stem cell transplant will give me more time with my children and grandchildren,” says Carol.
At Woman’s, employees are fortunate to serve the community every day. The opportunity to give back to Carol through the Employee Emergency Fund speaks volumes of the compassion and kindness Woman’s feels to those in need whether it be a patient or a coworker.