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Saint Francis Family Pledges $203,000 to Aid Co-workers, Patients

Saint Francis Medical Center’s employees showed their generosity and concern for co-workers and patients by pledging more than $203,200 to the 2013 Team One campaign, exceeding the goal. This year was the most successful in the campaign’s history, and included contributions from more than half of the Medical Center’s nearly 2,700 employees and Medical Partners.

“We are very much a family at Saint Francis, and this is just one way in which we demonstrate our commitment to the people we see each day – including each other,” says Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, Saint Francis President and Chief Executive Officer. “Team One is a testament to the generous nature of the Saint Francis Family. The culture of giving that we foster at Saint Francis is evident without and within the Medical Center’s walls.”

“This is an amazing gift from our employees,” says Linda H. Decker, executive director of the Saint Francis Foundation. “Thanks to their generous donations, we can continue to support our patients and employees – and touch the lives of many people every day.”

Contributions to Team One benefit several different funding areas: Saint Francis Caring Fund, Saint Francis Patient Care Equipment Fund and the area of greatest need. The Caring Fund assists members of the Saint Francis Family who experience an unforeseen emergency or crisis. Since its inception in 1994, the Caring Fund has paid out more than $817,000 to hundreds of employees, providing assistance with utilities, rent, food, transportation, medicine, healthcare coverage and more for employees in dire need.

Contributions to the Patient Care Equipment Fund allow the Foundation to provide funds to help improve the patient and customer experience. Team One contributions have been used throughout the Medical Center for new equipment and key updates to outdated areas. The Team One committee selects the items to be funded from a list provided by each department. Each item is given careful consideration with an eye toward providing excellent patient care and improving patient satisfaction.

“This is a unique program,” says Decker. “It takes a special employer to put this kind of emphasis on raising funds for employees, by employees. I think it really speaks to the family atmosphere we enjoy at Saint Francis.”

“We never know what kind of difficulties tomorrow might bring,” says Ruth Masterson, SM (ASCP), microbiology specialist in Laboratory Services and Team One chair. “But these generous pledges can help other members of the Saint Francis Family get help when they need it most.”

Team One is one of two annual employee-driven fundraising campaigns at Saint Francis. Employees also donate more than $155,000 each year to the Power of Sharing campaign, which benefits designated local agencies such as United Way of Southeast Missouri, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri, Inc., Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri and Safe House for Women. The campaign’s committee members select the local community service agencies each year.