Community involvement, particularly at the local level, has always been important to Elk Regional Health System. But every now and then, world events draw ERHS’s attention and the health system feels it’s important to extend that commitment to community involvement to the global community.
Such was the case on Jan. 12, 2010, when a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti near its capital, Port-au-Prince. Over the course of the next twelve days, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 magnitude or greater had been recorded in the area. The quake affected an estimated three million people, killing about 230,000, injuring another 300,000 and rendering more than 1 million homeless. Hundreds of thousands of residences and commercial buildings, including Haiti’s government building, had collapsed or were severely damaged as a result of the quake.
It is part of the health system’s greater mission to reduce human suffering and come to the aid of those in need – and ERHS employees felt it an imperative to assist those in Haiti.
A response was quickly mobilized as ERHC employees, through the Pinecrest Manor Tanzanite Team and the Rewards and Recognition Star Sapphire Team collected needed supplies and cash donations to help quake victims. Donations gathered were given to the Stepping Stones Foundation, which delivered the items to Haiti. Items collected included sterile supplies, shampoo, walkers, soap, blankets, bottled water, crutches and wheelchairs. The Elk Regional Health System Auxiliary also participated by donating items from the Second Chance Resale shop.
“Our employees are some of the most generous people I know,” said Greg Bauer, the ERHS president and CEO. “Time and time again, they give of themselves to assist those in need, whether those people are here in St. Marys, Ridgway or Elk County or halfway around the world. Their dedication and generosity is humbling and greatly appreciated.”
Photo: Presenting the check and supplies are, from left to right, Charlotte Floravit, Marie Rucinski, Andrea Dornisch of the Stepping Stones Foundation, Carol Anderson, Ellen Scutella, Chris Sweeney and Rebecca Cianci..