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Community Health Network launches major employee volunteerism initiative; Serve360º is health network’s way of giving back to the local community

For release on August 09, 2011

Indianapolis, IN—When Community Health Network opened its first hospital in 1956, known today as Community Hospital East, it was the result of dedicated volunteers who worked to raise money for the facility in a grass roots effort. Building upon that legacy of volunteerism, Community Health Network has launched an unprecedented employee volunteerism initiative to demonstrate its deep commitment to the local communities it serves. Serve360º offers Community employees a way to live the network’s mission (to enhance health and well-being) and cultivate the spirit of volunteer service.

“We have more than 11,000 employees within our network,” said Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network. “That’s a strong force of people, many who can join us as we move forward on this cultural journey to give back. This initiative is one we will continue to foster, whether it’s helping those in need, participating in wellness activities, community building and development projects, or lending our assistance to schools and churches. We are committed to improving the quality of life for Central Indiana residents.”

Serve360º was named to reflect Community’s way of completing the circle, collectively giving back to the people and neighborhoods that gave birth to the network and continue to support it.

“Volunteering and sharing our time with others is about doing good for people, providing for those who are in need,” said Linda Hajduk, Serve360º leader and vice president of organizational effectiveness at Community. “It’s not about giving up something, but giving to someone. Serve360º will be the thread that weaves throughout our network, bringing together all the employees that are working together as teams and individually, living our mission in our communities.” Hajduk added, “Our ability to enhance the health and well-being of our communities through our mission will only continue to grow stronger with the support and participation of thousands of employees.”

The Serve360º volunteer initiative will offer a full schedule of volunteer service opportunities. Community volunteers came together during the INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair in July, providing health screenings and health education to more than 1,500 participants. Additional opportunities and projects will be announced throughout the year and beyond.

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in access to innovative and compassionate healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, in convenient health pavilions and doctor’s offices, in the workplace, at schools, in the home and online. As a non-profit health system with multiple sites of care and affiliates throughout Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, acute care and specialty hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, home care services, walk-in care centers and employer health services. To put the needs and the convenience of patients first, Community pioneers advanced treatments and world-class health information technologies, with a focus on ease of access to exceptional care.

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Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations