Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
All across Northwest Georgia, Harbin Clinic physicians, employees and staff are embracing the season for giving by engaging in service projects and acts of kindness.
They’re donating toys to children in need, helping families displaced by tragedies and out shopping for holiday gifts to give to lonely seniors. Whether they’re in scrubs, on the clock, or serving others during their personal time, those who wear a Harbin badge not only strive for the wellbeing of their patients, but for anyone who demonstrates a need.
“Each year, Harbin celebrates the holiday season by paying it forward and giving back to our communities,” says Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock. “It’s become a tradition across our region for all of us at Harbin Clinic to spread cheer to those in need during this time. It goes hand-in-hand with our mission of caring completely.”
Paying it Forward
“These are people who are suffering, but don’t ask for help,” says Harbin Clinic Adairsville Department Manager Cindy Guthrie. “We see that need on a daily basis. That’s what we’re here for at Harbin Clinic, to help our patients and our community.”
Employees across the region engaged in a Purposeful Acts of Kindness Challenge to get into the spirit of giving. Some reported acts such as having paid for a stranger’s food, sponsoring Christmas for a child with cancer and sitting with families in waiting rooms to help calm their nerves.
Staff at Harbin Clinic Imaging Rome pulled together to support and provide holiday gifts for a family who lost everything in a house fire. Both Harbin Clinic General Surgery and Vascular Surgery Rome made generous donations to the Open Door Children’s Home.
Members of the Vascular Surgery deparment in Rome purchased gifts for lonely seniors to donate to Rome’s Santa for Seniors program. Staff at Harbin Clinic Vascular Lab Rome collected more than 40 toys to be distributed to kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta.
Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome adopted a group of foster children in Floyd County for the holiday and sponsored gifts for them.
“We were able to get presents for presents for a 3-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old,” says Department Manager, Tina Gallant. “Dr. Barbieri and the whole staff had an awesome time choosing just the right gifts for these kids.”
Tina Cruz at Harbin Clinic Urology Rome organized a donation drive for veterans at the Atlanta VA Community Living Center, and the department received many donations from Harbin specialities in several locations.
"We ended up getting enough donations for the veterans at the Living Center and the hospital across the street," says Department Manager Denise Sims. "We're absolutely blown away, it was way beyond anything we expected. We're so appreciative of everyone who gave."
Annually, Harbin Clinic donates to more than 50 charities throughout Northwest Georgia.