PAINTSVILLE – After the recent flooding in Johnson County displaced many from their homes, employees of Highlands Health System began working immediately to ensure victims were receiving aid.
The Highlands Health Information Management Department set up a collection location for employees to drop off needed items. The department sent out a list of requested items and assured employees that all donations would go to the appropriate locations, making it easy to donate.
The materials department, responsible for all stocked items within the hospital, placed a larger order for the requested supplies to help cover the needs of the flood victims. On Friday, Highlands was able to make a large donation of rubber gloves, hand sanitizer, band-aids, diapers, towels, wash cloths, soap, baby wipes, food and more to Johnson Central High School, a designated drop off point for the county.
“We appreciate the volunteers at Johnson Central and those working hard to help those in need throughout our region,” Maxanna Bennett, Highlands Director of Marketing & Public Relations, said. “Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected by the flooding.”
On Saturday, WSIP hosted a radio-thon to support those in need. Highlands raised $3,500 toward the effort. The Medical Center donated $1,500. The remaining $2,000 was contributed by Dr. Nick Francis and Lisa Francis; Dr. Tony Stumbo and Kathy Stumbo; Dr. Rob Royalty and Melody Royalty; Bud Warman, Highlands Health System President & CEO; Karen Sellers, Assistant to the President, Kathy Rubado; Executive Director of the Highlands Foundation and Patricia Calhoun, Highlands employee, along with other Highlands employees.”
Highlands plans to make a second donation later this week when additional supplies arrive.