Wellington Regional Medical Center proudly announced today that through the generosity of the medical staff, hospital employees and the medical executive committee, the hospital collected $18,500 to help 41 local families during the holiday season. Working with nine local public schools, families with severe circumstances were identified.
Joseph Paul, Chief Financial Officer at WRMC, launched this initiative in 2013. Since then, the hospital has assisted 103 school-aged children and their families and has given over $50,000. The families each received a gift card for food, clothing, medicines, household goods, and toys for the children.
“Seeing firsthand the tears of extreme gratitude from the families, the happiness of the children, as I handed each family their gift certificate on behalf of our hospital, it made me so proud to represent Wellington Regional Medical Center in this endeavor,” said Paul.
“Joe Paul has a passion for supporting our community during the holidays and we have watched this grow each year to help more and more families,” said Richard Hays, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at WRMC and a family physician. “The medical staff wanted to join his efforts by initially giving a donation of $10,000. When the medical executive committee learned of the impact these donations have on our community, we decided to increase the donation by another $3,500.”