Employees on the hospital’s business side made a special delivery to TMC Hospice yesterday. It wasn’t a bill or a medical record, though you might expect it from the folks in the Revenue Cycle division, including the Business Office, Scheduling, Admitting and Health Information Management.
Instead the delivery was to help stock the Caring Closet at Peppi’s House, TMC’s inpatient hospice. The employees had personal items from pajamas and socks to items that help lift patients’ spirits such as make-up, nail polish, books, magazines, puzzles and playing cards.
The effort was spearheaded by Debra Rahn, a TMC admissions representative and a member of the Revenue Cycle Community Projects Committee, which gives back to the community through donations and volunteerism.
Each of the nine committee member submits recommendations on causes they are passionate about or have identified as a need in the community, explained Cathy Gragg, manager of TMC Enterprise Scheduling and committee chair. Then they vote on what to take on, usually one or two per quarter.
“Once the project is identified, we enlist the support of our division to collect donations or to sign up people to volunteer,” Gragg said. “We don’t really push this outside of our areas but since we interface with a number of other departments, sometimes they’ll bring in donations as well.”
Rahn’s effort to help Peppi’s House is just another area where she demonstrates her compassion and dedication, Gragg said. “I’m privileged to have her on our committee and as an employee I work with.”
In addition to collecting items for Peppi’s House, the committee this year has led efforts to:
- Volunteer at Be Safe Saturday by sponsoring the Kitchen Safety booth
Collect donations for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, from pet food to pet supplies (brushes, combs, leashes, etc.)
- Collect donations for Make Way for Books, including new and gently used books to support literacy programs in the community
- Collect school supplies for teachers and classrooms as well as backpacks for kids at Whitmore Elementary School
- Collect personal hygiene products for Tucson Youth Development supporting underprivileged youth in the community
- Volunteer at the Winterhaven Festival of Lights to support the area food bank. Some 20 volunteers will help collect food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at one of the drive-through nights this December.
Other committee members helping coordinate these efforts in addition to Rahn and Gragg include Briana Rodriguez, Debra Pina, Heather Burkett, Hope Maldonado, Lamanda Cruz, Patricia King and Tracy Tatman.