Publix Super Markets Charities recently presented their second $25,000 installment of a $125,000 commitment to the pediatric emergency department at LRMC. A Publix representative says this donation is personal. “Lakeland Regional means a lot to so many of our associates. A hospital visit is never something you look forward to or plan for, but knowing this type of care is here when you need it brings security to our organization and our community,” said Shannon Patten, manager of Media & Community Relations for Publix.
Among the recent changes to the pediatric emergency department at LRMC include: a new waiting area with interactive toys and games for children of all ages, a large-screen television featuring family-friendly movies 24 hours a day and comfortable child-sized chairs. In addition, there are two “electronic” ocean aquariums – where children are entertained by life under the sea (on flat-screen televisions).
The LRMC Child Life Program recently received a $10,000 donation from GEICO. Christie Schwichtenberg, BS, certified child life specialist at LRMC, says without Geico’s donations over the past eight years, the program would not exist. “This money has given us the opportunity to acquire the necessary tools to make this program effective for our patients. We are extremely appreciative of Geico’s generosity.”
During the check presentation, George W. Rogers, Geico’s regional vice president, said this donation means a great deal to his organization as well. “This hospital, especially the pediatric department, has touched the lives of many employees at Geico. Some of our employees were born here and others have brought their children here when they were sick,” said Rogers. “We always try to give back to the community, and by giving toward this program, we know our money will be used in a meaningful way.”
The Foundation and Lakeland Regional Cancer Center recently unveiled a special gift from Mark Hollis, an accomplished businessperson and local community leader. Mr. Hollis donated his sculpture “Survivor” to Lakeland Regional, and it sits in the lobby of LRCC to serve as inspiration for all who enter the doors. He finished “Survivor,” a portrayal of a female breast cancer survivor, in October, 2010 after working on it five hours a day for six months.
“The toughness of the stone speaks to the strength the soldier (cancer patient) has to have to be a survivor … They are fighting a battle, the battle of cancer,” Hollis stated. “The hardness of the backbone represents inner strength; but the most important message of all for breast cancer survivors is that a woman’s beauty is not in her breasts… The unfinished natural stone of the breasts is a constant reminder that real beauty comes from deep within.”
“The Lakeland Regional community is grateful that Mr. Hollis and his family decided that LRMC should be the home of such a meaningful piece of art,” said Ken Menefee, FAHP, CFRE, executive director of the Foundation. “We are honored to display ‘Survivor’ at one of our facilities.”
The Good Life RV Resort in Bartow recently held a Cancer Walk event and made a donation of $2,000 to support cancer clinical trials at Lakeland Regional Cancer Center.