(Beaver Dam) Two area hospitals have been recognized for their community outreach during 2020. The Wisconsin Hospital Association Community Benefits Report tabulates financial contributions state hospitals and health systems make to their communities in the form of charity care and other expenditures. The organization says these investments totaled nearly $1.9-billion in 2020.
Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam was highlighted for their partnership with Feeding America, Second Harvest Foodbank, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as other local organizations. Between September of 2020 and February of 2021, six Truck to Trunk Food Drives were held as part of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Each event included volunteers from across Dodge County, along with several Beaver Dam hospital employees who helped with box delivery and traffic control. In total, more than 150,000 pounds of food were given to those impacted by food insecurity.
Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus was recognized for making strides to increase the number of women receiving mammograms with their “Walk-In Wednesdays” program. The effort allows patients to walk in and receive a screening without a scheduled appointment.
–Photo courtesy of WHA.org