Community Benefit - Anderson Region
Community Hospital Anderson became part of the organization in 1996, but its roots in the community go back much further—Madison County residents joined together to bring healthcare closer to home and opened the hospital in 1962. Ever since, Community Anderson has been highly attuned and attentive to local needs.
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Two years ago, a small group of Community Hospital Anderson employees came together to plant a garden. What started out as two raised garden beds quickly grew to six throughout the growing season. The employee garden became a huge success, providing nourishing, fresh vegetables for employees to take home. By the end of the first year, the garden totaled 28 raised beds. Today, the garden produces an estimated 1,700+ lbs of produce annually for Community employees. This hard work and dedication grew into the vision for Community Farm.
Located on more than 120 acres of land at the edge of Anderson’s city limits, in 2018 Community became the first hospital in the state to have an in-ground farm located on its campus. One of Community Farm’s goals is to distribute fresh produce to patients and the community. This involves working with dietitians, primary care providers, and other integral staff to implement the process of farm-to-table, while also providing education to help patients learn how to eat healthy. Today, the produce goes to the community through various outlets including local food pantries, programs at Community, and the CHA foodservice. The farm team works closely with volunteers to coordinate free, fresh flower delivery to patients to help brighten their hospital stay, including sunflowers grown on the farm.
Community Farm allows patients and members of the community to see, visit, and participate by volunteering or taking educational classes. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out an online volunteer application and contact Lorie Staehler with the hospital Auxiliary at 765-298-1021 or lorie.staehler@eCommunity.com, or Christine Davies at 765-298-5619 or christine.davies@eCommunity.com. You can also keep up with news and farm updates by following Community Farm on Facebook and Instagram.
Operation Undies is an annual campaign conducted by Community Hospital Anderson employees. Employees work together to collect new, packaged underwear for Madison County school children. The campaign began as a way to help school nurses with emergency supplies or for when a student is in need.
Employees donate new, packaged underwear from sizes children’s 4 through adult small. They also have the option to donate money to the Foundation, and fellow team members will purchase the needed underwear. The collection takes place during the month of July (it did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic).
Through the generosity of all of our employees and friends of Community Hospital Anderson, in 2019 we donated 2,860 pairs of underwear to 20 Madison County elementary schools, surpassing the previous year's total of 2,700.
If you want to contribute to Operation Undies, we welcome you to visit our Foundation website and make an online, tax-deductible gift.
Keith Trent's Coats of Caring
Since 2001, this annual event has gathered winter garments for those in need, helping keep residents of Madison County warm. Over the years, more than 16,000 coats have been distributed, thanks to the caring hearts at Community Hospital Anderson and supporters in the community.
Started in 2016, this first-of-its-kind bicycle sharing program aimed at helping those facing economic issues including homelessness. The hospital foundation purchased 30 commercial-grade bicycles that are parked near transitional housing facilities—residents use the two-wheeled transportation to connect with jobs, healthcare and a brighter future.
Human Milk Program
Community Anderson recently established a human milk program to ensure the best range of options for newborns in our care. Affiliated with The Milk Bank, a nonprofit donor human milk bank located in Indianapolis, Community Anderson will now make pasteurized human milk available for newborns. Community Anderson will also serve as a milk depot, a location where breastfeeding mothers can drop off donated milk.
Learn more about the Anderson milk bank as well as information on Community’s other regional banks.