Redmond Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Jones packs holiday goody-bags along with Nurse Directors Kendra Latta, Sharon Hoban, and Wendy Young.

ROME, GA — Redmond Regional Medical Center employees give back to make a difference in the lives of over 50 families in need during this holiday season through their annual Christmas Adopt-a-Family Campaign. The same Redmond culture of giving also annually extends into the local community through holiday giving with several community programs including Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, and Summit Quest.

For the past 18 years, Redmond employees have celebrated a campaign of charitable giving during the weeks leading up to Christmas through their Christmas Adopt-a-Family Campaign. Redmond Chaplain Billy Murdock leads the program, including matching the local families in-need to Redmond employees and their departments. Each year, Redmond's Christmas Adopt-a-Family Campaign benefits between 40 and 60 families. Currently this year, there are over 50 families that will benefit from Redmond's Christmas Adopt-a-Family Campaign. In this campaign, departments throughout the hospital anonymously adopt one or multiple families. Employees purchase presents, household items, meals, and more. Some employees have even covered the December utility bills for families if a family could not afford to pay them during the holiday season.

"The staff at Redmond truly amaze me each year when they give so much from their own pockets to local families who express significant need in the Rome community," said Redmond Chaplain Billy Murdock. "I've seen so many individuals and families blessed over the past 18 years of heading this campaign. Redmond individuals and departments as a whole are always excited when I begin the assignment process and are always willing to go the extra mile when donating. Redmond embraces a culture of giving just as it embraces a culture and philosophy of caring."

Chaplain Murdock also caters to the needs of the families when it comes to delivering Redmond's donation to the family. Families can choose to receive their donation with respect to anonymity from Chaplain Murdock or with accompanying Redmond employees who contributed to the giving. Family needs and requests are also considered in regards to the timing of the deliveries.

"Delivery timing and setup really depends on the family," said Murdock. "Each family celebrates Christmas a little differently. For those families who personally want to say ‘thank you' to the employees who donated, I take a few members of the department with me for the delivery. If the family wishes to remain anonymous, only I go for the delivery. We also deliver whenever the family is ready. Some may prefer delivery during the week before Christmas and some may prefer the delivery on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In the end, it is all about helping the family in a way that best meets their needs."

In addition to their Christmas Adopt-a-Family Campaign, Redmond employees also support several local community programs during the holidays. Redmond employees annually donate hundreds of toys to the local Toys for Tots campaign to help provide Christmas for children in Rome. To spread holiday cheer to even more children, a team of Redmond nurse directors joined together earlier in the month and bought, packed, and delivered 200 goody-bags to children and families in the Summit Quest program. The goody-bags contained toys, Christmas-themed stuffed animals, candy, and more. These holiday goody-bags were given to entertain the children as they rode a train to go meet and take pictures with Santa. One of Redmond's newest holiday traditions is aiding the Salvation Army with ringing bells for their Red Kettle Campaign. In their second year of support, approximately 75 Redmond employees rang bells for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign over three different days at three different Rome locations. All money raised goes to the Salvation Army in order to provide food, clothing, and more for local families who are in need.

"I am amazed by the culture of giving that lives in our Redmond employees," said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center. "When I joined the Redmond family six years ago, I quickly learned what a unique family-like culture we have at Redmond. And every year, the employees demonstrate an even greater level of cheerful giving. I'm blessed to work with such an incredible team."

Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a regional referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Redmond offers a full array of inpatient and outpatient programs, many of which are unique to the northwest Georgia region. Redmond provides a full service cardiology product line and is nationally recognized as a top cardiac care center. Other areas of excellence include emergency care, oncology, orthopedics, vascular care, and inpatient rehabilitation.