ACH Treats Community to a Free Summer Carnival
Alliance Community Hospital had dozens of cars filling its parking lot last Saturday . . . but, not necessarily for the reason typically associated with hospital visits.
“It’s terrific to see so many people here laughing and joking. It’s not just every day you come to the hospital for a summer carnival,” said Patty Kimerer, PR/Foundation Director for ACH.
Kimerer reported that dozens of community members and many hospital employees and volunteers brought friends and family members to the Anniversary Carnival last Saturday afternoon.
“We wanted to do something to reach out to both our staff and our community in commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of our hospital, as well as the fifth anniversary of our move into our current location,” she said.
Event Organizer and ACH Gift Shop/Snack Shop Manager Charlotte Furbee said she was pleased with the overall turnout of the carnival.
“We had many area businesses donate materials and equipment and the result was a good, old-fashioned fun-filled family event,” she said. They included skill games, a dunk tank and tents, tables, and chairs from Rental Corral.
In the main tent, carnival-goers were treated to pictorial displays of the history of Alliance Community Hospital from 1901 through the present, as well as an exhibit featuring many of ACH’s Integrative Therapy Practices.
“We recently learned that we are the only hospital in the state of Ohio to retain our commitment to the Planetree tenets of patient-centered care; it’s a philosophy of care that holds patient dignity, respect, comfort, and well-being equal in importance with clinical care and we are proud to be Planetree,” said Connie Poulton, Vice President of Colleague Relations and Planetree Executive at ACH.
Arguably the most popular integrative service offered at ACH, the Pet Therapy program was well-represented at the carnival, with “Dezl,” “Pierce,” “Poco,” “Willow”, “Belle,” “Heidi,” “Ryley,” “Tori,” and “Petie” all on hand to offer wet sloppy kisses to passersby.
Several blood pressure screenings were performed and more than 50 pill splitters were distributed at the carnival, which also provided dozens of plush stuffed animals to any and all children playing the free skill games offered. The toys were donated by Emanon Specialists, LLC.
The only costs visitors paid at the carnival were for chances to soak hospital employees in the dunk tank and for snacks and beverages.
“We felt strongly that this should be a free event, open to our staff and community. All proceeds benefit our non-profit Foundation, which supports hospital programs and services,” Kimerer said, noting that $185 was raised at the fair.
“We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank the dedicated members of our Auxiliary. They were kind enough to underwrite many of the expenses incurred and without their support we could not have offered this event,” she said, noting that members of ACH’s Wound Care, Nursing, Educational Services, Hospice/AVNA, Volunteers, Public Relations, Foundation, Colleague Relations, Hospitalist, and Print Shop were also instrumental in hosting the carnival.
“We’re just so pleased so many were able to enjoy the event,” said Kimerer, who noted that the event’s exhibits will remain on display throughout the hospital for the remainder of the year in various rotating locations.
Nine-year-old Carleigh Loudon of Alliance may have put it best when she said, “This was just the best carnival ever; thank you hospital!”