ACH Gives Back
Alliance Community Hospital is announcing back-to-back Saturday events in July to benefit community members.
First, on Saturday, July 9th, the hospital will host a free community carnival in the Discharge Circle area from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We wanted to commemorate our founding in 1901, as well as our move to our new facility in 2006 and felt the best way to honor our history as a hospital was to provide a community event that was equally educational and fun,” said Patty Kimerer, PWE, Director of Public Relations and the Foundation at ACH.
The carnival is free and open to the community and will include a disc jockey, clowns, a dunk tank, festival games, an integrative therapies section (including a meet-and-greet with the ACH Pet Therapy Dogs!) and several tents offering displays of historical events in Alliance as well as exhibits chronicling various ACH highlights through the years since its inception. Information on hospital programs, services, clinical specialties and support groups will also be available.
“We’ve been working hard to have lots of hospital-specific history on hand, as well as all the traditional foods, sights, and sounds that go along with a community festival,” said Charlotte Furbee, ACH’s Gift and Snack Shop Manager and organizer of the event.
The carnival will offer balloons, cotton candy, games of skill and luck, and even the chance to win a goldfish or two.
“We want this to be a great afternoon of family fun that affords the community a unique walk down memory lane in Alliance –- with a little health and wellness education mixed in for good measure,” Kimerer said.
Then, the following Saturday, on July 16, 2011, the Alliance Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice (AVNAH), a department of Alliance Community Hospital, will sell hot dogs in the parking lot of the Lowe’s home improvement store from 11AM until 3PM.
“We’re so pleased to be partnering with Lowe’s for this project because it will benefit those who need relief during the hottest months of summer,” said Lori Williams, RN, BSN, MSN GC-C and Marketing Liaison for AVNAH.
Williams explained that Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) of Ohio, which typically helps community residents in need to secure free room air conditioning units, has cut their funding for 2011.
“We are well aware of the need in our region and those we serve. We go into these homes and know there are many people who rely on HEAP for assistance throughout summer,” Williams said.
Williams said that AVNAH and Lowe’s will donate all proceeds from the hot dog sale to purchase air conditioners for as many of their patients in need as is possible.
“These are just two small examples of ways we are offering community outreach to those whom we are proud and privileged to serve,” said Kimerer.
“As a Planetree facility, we go to great lengths to offer high clinical quality and also realize that compassion, empathy, and integrative therapies are of huge importance to our patients, visitors, and community, as well,” she said.
For more information, please call the PR/Foundation office at 330-596-7575.