Sentara RMH employees contribute more than $98,000 to the 2014 Employees Gift Campaign. Donations support the hospital equipment and program fund; the Employee Relief Fund; or another department of the employees' choice.

Sentara RMH employees donate more than $98,000

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Employees of the Sentara RMH Medical Center believe that “Giving Makes You Happy!” and proved it as they gave more than $98,000 to the 2014 Employee Gifts Campaign.

“The campaign raised $98,386, which is 116 percent of this year’s goal of $85,000,” said Janet Wendelken, development officer for the RMH Foundation. Wendelken directs the Foundation’s annual fund, which includes the Employee Gifts Campaign.

A total of 741 Sentara RMH employees made gifts to the campaign, which ran from May 21 through June 30.

“This generosity shows that our Sentara RMH employees care about their patients, their co-workers, their work, and this hospital,” said Sentara RMH President Jim Krauss. “These funds will go a long way toward fulfilling our mission to improve health every day. Our team truly understands that giving will make our hospital better for our community.”

The campaign was led by five employees who served as volunteer co-chairs:

  • Deanna Lam, Funkhouser Women’s Center
  • Janet Macarthur, oncology services and Hahn Cancer Center
  • Neil Mowbray, corporate communications
  • Meg Robinson, Sentara RMH Wellness Center
  • Rusty Tusing, facilities management

“Giving Makes You Happy” was this year’s campaign theme. To celebrate the campaign’s success, many employees took part in a choreographed dance July 10 on the hospital’s café patio to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The song was featured in the computer-animated movie “Despicable Me 2.”

The annual Employee Gifts Campaign was launched in 1975. This year employees could focus their donations to support the hospital equipment and program fund or the Employee Relief Fund, or to support their own or another department. The Employee Relief Fund is a fund set up by the hospital to assist employees who are facing a financial crisis due to a serious illness or unfortunate personal situation.