Delta County Memorial Hospital employees opened their hearts and wallets to hold a food drive competition between departmental teams to see which team could bring in the most food for Food Banks in Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss and Abraham Connection, said Mary Grosvenor, MS, RD, CDE, Director of Nutrition Services
DCMH is donating 7,459 pounds of donated food total to area food banks and the homeless shelter this year. The nine hospital department teams collected a total of 4,269 pounds of food, and an anonymous donor added another 3,190 pounds of onions, beans, potatoes and carrots.
A visitor in the hospital cafeteria gave DCMH an additional $5.00 for our cause when she saw what we were doing, commented Grosvenor.
The winners of the contest were Team #2 – Administration, Business Office Admission, Nutrition, Human Resources, Maintenance, Med Staff and Medical Records hospital departments with 1,346.45 pounds of donated food. Team #1 – Radiology, ICU and Quality hospital departments came in a close second with 1,234.20 pounds of donated food.
In another annual tradition at DCMH, 21 individuals, mostly children were “adopted” by hospital employees and departments in a Secret Santa project to provide warm clothing, toys and gifts so that these less fortunate families could also enjoy a Christmas.