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Texas Health Cleburne Employees Contribute Time, Funds to March for Babies
05/07/2009

CLEBURNE, Texas – Can you imagine paying $150 for a dozen cupcakes?

March for Babies
Raising the dough: Eddie Jones (left), director of support services, Colleen Vanzant, R.N. (center), coordinator of outpatient services, and Kathleen Harlow, R.N, director of nursing for women and children services, worked to raise money for the March for Babies.

That’s what Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne employees did recently to raise money to support the March of Dimes mission to stop premature birth and birth defects.

In one week, the sale of six dozen cupcakes in a silent auction raised $750. Winners included Blake Kretz, hospital president, Jimmy Frosch, director of finance, Dr. Greg Vanzant, a physician on the medical staff, the pharmacy department, outpatient surgery department and engineering department.

The outpatient surgery department topped the list of bidders for the week at a $150 contribution. James Hamilton provided a matching donation of $100.

“We were thrilled with the contributions of our employees with our fundraisers throughout the campaign and at the actual event,” said Kathleen Harlow, R.N., director for nursing for women and children services at Texas Health Cleburne.

Harlow led the Cleburne hospital’s campaign.

“It was great to see all of our employees get so excited and involved in raising money. We see the impact of prematurity in our hospital each day and so this cause was near to our hearts.”

Texas Health Cleburne employees donated nearly $1,900 to the 2009 March for Babies in Fort Worth. The March for Babies is the March of Dimes largest fundraiser of the year.

Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne served as chairman of the March for Babies in both Dallas and Fort Worth, marking the first time in Texas that one person has lead events in multiple cities.

Texas Health Cleburne sent 34 walkers to the March for Babies, including hospital employees and their friends and family. Walkers from the hospital raised more than $1,000 through donations and payroll deductions.

“Our employees demonstrate their healing hands and caring hearts every day throughout the halls of Texas Health Cleburne,” Kretz said. “This was just another way that we fulfilled our mission of improving the health of people in the communities we serve. I am proud of Kathleen’s efforts and of everyone who participated in raising money for this great cause.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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