Retreat Puts UW Health's Mission Forward

UW Hospital and Clinics clinic operations leaders donated their time to the Second Harvest Foodbank.They may have been on their annual retreat, but the 28 members of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics clinic operations leadership team weren't backing away from UW Health's missions of service and social responsibility.


Instead of the traditional full day of meetings, the team headed by Mark Hamilton, vice president, ambulatory operations, decided to take another route.


"This year we wanted to do something different," explained Mark. "We had a session this morning that we let the managers put together where we talked about best practices and the strategic plan, and then this afternoon we thought we'd do a community volunteer project."


The team decided to donate their time and effort to the Second Harvest Foodbank, a charity supported by UW Health each fall during its Drive to Share campaign.


There they spent the afternoon sorting eggs, produce and repackaging loose items into bags of family-sized portions. Once sorted and packed, it was ready to be distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank to local food agencies in 16 counties throughout the area.


"I think this is a nice twist on a retreat," said Denny Hamblin, clinic manager at West Clinic. "I think it is kind of neat to get out here and spread the mission of our organization with community involvement."


And the involvement is needed too. Second Harvest Foodbank recently received the results of a study done by policy research firm Mathematica which showed that the Foodbank is now serving more than 140,000 individuals, or 83 percent more people than in 2006 - 43 percent of whom are children.


"We are used to being in a capacity where the hospital provides its community service mission through health care," said Bob Harrison, University Station Ophthalmology clinic manager. "It's nice to help in other areas too."






Date Published: 05/18/2010

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