At OakBend Medical Center, we believe we can achieve the greatest good by partnering with other organizations and our community. Annually we participate in over 200 events to better our hospital and our surrounding communities. Together, we can ensure a healthy future for generations to come.
OakBend Medical Center’s annual Seeds of Generosity Employee Giving campaign had its best ever year in 2019, raising more than $102,000 in two weeks. For the past three years, employees have donated to the employee campaign raising more than $295,000. The 2019 was the most successful to date with employee giving exceeding $102,000. This year, 400+ employees donated to the campaign, which equates to greater than 40% employee participation.
OakBend Medical Group doctors performed sports physicals at our Williams Way Campus on Saturday, May 18th to local students who need a physical to participate in school-sponsored sports teams. Several OakBend Medical Group doctors were in attendance to provide foot exams, physical exams and sudden cardiac death screenings.
OakBend Medical Center CEO Joe Freudenberger spoke to Ukranian healthcare special interest group OpenWorld as they visited a meeting of the Richmond Rotary Club. Speaking through a translator, our international visitors learned about how an independent nonprofit hospital operates and the ins and outs of the American healthcare system.
OakBend Medical Center celebrated Police Week in May by delivering snacks and treats to all of the local police departments that protect and serve us daily! They deserve much more, but we are thankful for all that they do!
We were happy to sponsor this year’s Wharton County Chamber Banquet, which took place in early March. This is the Chamber’s 100th year, and we look forward to 100 more as we provide medical care to meet the needs of Wharton County and surrounding communities.
We were thrilled to host students from the Wharton County Youth In Philanthropy program at our Wharton Hospital Campus on February 16, 2018. The students volunteered their time to assist the hospital with administrative tasks and other needs around the hospital. They also got a good look at how a hospital operates! We love having the opportunity to open our doors to the future of medicine!
On January 23, we joined the employees at Gurecky Manufacturing Service for their annual Lunch and Learn! We provided blood glucose screenings, blood pressure checks, strength testing and demonstrated correct lifting techniques. Kristi Council from our physical therapy department gave a presentation about correct body mechanics and back health. We love being a part of this community!
For two weeks, OakBend Medical Center employees donated brand-new, unopened toys to donate to families in need this holiday season for the Wharton Police Department’s annual “Blue Santa” toy drive.. The items were donated to children in the Wharton community to make their holidays a little brighter! We love serving our community and feel lucky to have the resources and opportunity to help out our fellow community members.
For two weeks, OakBend Medical Center employees gathered non-perishable Thanksgiving food and basic toiletries to donate to families in need this holiday season. The items were donated to Maime George Community Center to stock the shelves at Trini’s Corner Market. We love serving our community and feel lucky to have the resources and opportunity to help out our fellow community members.
The H-E-B Blooms team from the new H-E-B Richmond Market store dropped by the OakBend Medical Center Williams Way Campus in October to “Petal it Forward!” Employees delivered bouquets of flowers to new moms and Labor & Delivery staff and encouraged them to spread the joy. We love partnering with our community to make our patients and staff smile!
This year’s Patchwork of Life fundraiser raised almost $390,000 for renovations to our Jackson Street Hospital Campus Intensive Care Unit! The event honored Jeff and Ann Council for their years of dedicated service to OakBend Medical Center. Jeff Council has served as OakBend Medical Center’s Board President for many years. A lively live auction, raffle prizes and quilt square sales helped raise the funds for this record-breaking year.
In August 2018, OakBend Medical Center employees raised pocket change during Shark Week as a part of the “Chomp Change” fundraiser. The monies raised went to purchase the most-needed items for Jane Long Elementary School teachers. Employees donated over $220.00 to buy dry erase markers, composition notebooks, tissues and other classroom supplies to set Fort Bend County students and teachers up for a successful year. An educated community is a healthy one!
On July 28, OakBend Medical Group and OakBend Medical Group physicians provided sports physicals to students entering school in the fall. Sports programs often require physician clearance to participate, and OakBend Medical Group doctors went one step further by offering sudden cardiac death screenings in addition to sports clearance physicals. Sudden cardiac death can affect young people ages 13 to 17.
The 2018 OakBend Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program began in June, with students entering the 11th and 12th grades joining the hospital for the summer to experience health care careers in a variety of settings. Some volunteers will be spending time with doctors, nurses, administrators, imaging technicians and other employees.
On June 13, our employees volunteered to give blood and plasma in partnership with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to honor the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting. Employees lined up to donate in 30-minute shifts all day on Wednesday, June 13th.
The OakBend Medical Center employees raised more than their goal of $100,000 during this year’s Seeds of Generosity Employee Giving campaign, which was generously matched by the Madison Charitable Foundation. Employees gave generously over a 10-day period and celebrated with an awards reception in mid-June
The Fort Bend Alumni Chapter of Zeta, with the help of community member Kay Kolkhorst Garrett, made Easter-themed bunnies out of white washcloths for all babies born at OakBend Medical Center during the month of April. The Boo Boo Bunnies program had been on a long hiatus before this year, and OakBend Medical Center was chosen as one of the first hospitals to receive the Boo Boo Bunnies.
In early April the VFW 3903 volunteer group held a large catered lunch for all the nurses at OakBend Medical Center to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication they show to their patients each day.
The OakBend Medical Center Volunteer Auxilary recently held their annual appreciation luncheon in the Joe & Doris Gurecky Atrium. They presented OakBend Medical CEO Joe Freudenberger a check for $24,000–money they had raised over the year to go toward the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility, the only hospital-based skilled nursing facility in Fort Bend County.
To kick off American Heart Month, several of our OakBend Medical Center Volunteers spent weeks knitting and crocheting red newborn baby hats for the new arrivals at our Williams Way campus. Volunteers Arline Franklin, Jeanenne Tucker, Kathy Gerrie and Pat Burks spearheaded the idea and delivered the hats to our Labor & Delivery floor on February 1, 2018.
In November 2016, we were named one of the 26 finalists across the country for the Hospital Charitable Service Awards. We were the only Texas hospital to be named a finalist and was nominated for our Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. In 2012, we began participating in an incentive program referred to as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP). Within the program we have nine projects which include: Chronic Disease Registry, Increase Access to PCPs, Expand Specialty Care Access, Patient Experience, Patient Navigation, Breast-Feeding, Wellness, Medication Management, and Behavioral Health Patient Navigation.
> Our annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K” is growing and going strong. This year over 350 people registered to walk the 3K for stroke awareness. This year, two stroke survivors participated in the walk, along with their stroke therapist. Both suffered a stroke in 2015 but with physical therapy and determination they both walked and completed the 3K.
The Marsalia family wanted to find a way to say thank you to the doctors and staff at our Jackson Street Hospital campus for making the final days of their wife and mother’s life a bit easier. The Marsalia family decided to purchase one of the six new benches anchored in front of our Jackson Street Hospital Campus. They graciously dedicated the bench with a plague inscribed “In loving memory of Thelma Marsalia with deepest appreciation to the OakBend ICU nurses.”