Capital Regional Medical Center has cared for its community for decades. It is well known throughout the region for the high quality medical and surgical care its team provides to thousands of patients every year. What might not be as well known is its commitment to caring for the community in other ways.
Capital Regional’s employees team-up for giving activities like March of Dimes, Making Strides and the HeartWalk. They collect school supplies for children, provide items to a clothing closet for patients, contribute materials for patient quilts and hold regular blood drives. However, a new program is offering Capital Regional Medical Center employees a direct experience, allowing for a more personal approach to lending a helping hand.
Mary Waller, Capital Regional’s Business Health & Wellness Manager, facilitates the hospital’s Employee Wellbeing Program in addition to working with area businesses to develop meaningful wellness programs. “There are five essential elements of wellbeing,” says Ms. Waller. “Career, social, financial and physical health are obviously important. But ‘community’ wellbeing is equally important. Community wellbeing is the sense of engagement an individual feels to their local area and can be achieved through volunteerism.”
“Volunteering has many benefits including stress relief, learning new skills, building self-esteem and in some cases offers physical exercise,” she said. “As part of our community wellbeing effort, Capital Regional Medical Center has partnered with iGrow South City Community Garden.” Along with working in the garden, employees have also collected and donated items including large and small gardening tools, gloves, paint and paintbrushes and other resources such as seeds and plants.
iGrow is an urban agriculture and youth empowerment program that focuses on growing healthy food while providing youth employment and leadership development. iGrow is also a part of the Tallahassee Food Network, whose mission is to help educate about and provide access to healthy, green and affordable food.
“Being a part of the iGrow South City Community Garden has been a great experience,” said Waller. “It has helped this neighborhood by providing a sustainable source of fresh fruit and vegetables, offering healthier food choices. It is an educational opportunity for children who are learning where natural food comes from. And very importantly, it’s a great way to interact with others who represent diversity of age and ethnicity in the community.”
According to Ms. Waller, Capital Regional will continue to work with iGrow and hopes to continue to partner with other efforts that offer hands-on ‘community wellbeing’ experiences for its employees. For more information on Capital Regional’s activities in the community or to learn more about its Business Health & Wellness program, contact Mary Waller at (850) 325-5098.