of Life' program started
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics Foundation recently initiated the Circle of Life Program designed to build life long supporters of the hospital, their four satellite medical clinics and three physical therapy clinics.
One component of the new program is a one hour tour of the Cottonwood facility hosted by members of the Foundation. The tour includes a ‘behind the scenes’ look at various locations including the lab, the operating room, the birthing suite, the clinic and other areas. The tour is narrated by a physician, various members of the staff and Jim May, SMHC Foundation Director of Development.
“It’s an informal, but informative tour designed for members of the communities we serve. We plan on inviting people from Kamiah, Nez Perce, Craigmont and the surrounding areas,” said May. “Eventually we’d like to make sure that all community residents attend a tour. We held our first one last month and the feedback was extremely positive.”
The tours will include from 8 to 10 community members, plus some St. Mary’s staff, and will last exactly one hour.
“They are part of the larger Circle of Life Program which will hopefully lead to individual gift giving, but, most importantly, they are a means for people to learn more about the challenges in the health care field and how we are meeting those challenges to provide quality medical care in our rural communities,” said May.
After the tour each participant will receive a follow up phone call from May or one of the Foundation board members to ask for feedback. “It’s a way of providing communication between our hospital and the people we serve,” said May. “I’ll also be asking everyone for suggestions on who else to invite on future tours.”
Approximately two to three tours will be scheduled each month. The next two tours are scheduled for January 12 and January 19. If you would like to attend a tour at some time please call the hospital, 962.3251, ext. 245 and ask for Jim May.