Hospitals are more than just a neighborhood entity. They are, in fact,
an integral member of the community. For this reason, Alvarado Hospital
employees volunteer for several events throughout the year as a representative
of the hospital.
"Volunteering at various community events reinforces our value to
neighbors and shows that we care about our community inside and outside
of the hospital walls," said Chief Nursing Officer Peggy Bailey.
Two recent events provided opportunity for employees to do community outreach.
In June, more than 80 employees attended the "Strike Out Stroke"
Day at the Padres. This annual event shines a spotlight on stroke and
Alvarado's role in the stroke community.
Stand Down San Diego, held July 12-14, offered an opportunity to help homeless
veterans and their families. More than 15 employees volunteered to staff
the Activities Tent hosted by Alvarado and Paradise Valley hospitals.
The volunteers provided a listening ear, handed out snacks and engaged
participants in the various tent activities, including Zumba, yoga, self
-defense, beading and meditation.
Alvarado Hospital staff and physicians also formed Team Alvarado and participated
in the 2013 American Heart Association's Heart Walk, held downtown
on Sept. 28. The hospital raised more than $15,000 to help the fight against
heart disease and stroke.