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Community Outreach

Every day, we lend our expertise to our patients, visitors and community. But our giving doesn’t stop there. We donate time and money, knowing that we have a responsibility to do our part to help our community thrive.

“Whether it’s direct patient care, the care of the patients’ families and loved ones, or volunteerism in the community, our people devote a tremendous amount of their time and energy to helping others. The contributions our employees make–both on the job and in their communities–have benefits that extend to the university, the Commonwealth and beyond. Together, VCU Health System and our people are part of something greater than just the health care delivered within our walls. That brings rewards that are intangible but no less valuable.”
John Duval

CEO MCV Hospitals

Our giving doesn’t stop when we leave work. In many cases, it accelerates. During FY 2012, VCUHS gave more than $614,890 to national and local organizations, including some that are listed below. In addition, informal surveys tell us that our employees donate an average of 16 hours per month to a wide variety of charitable causes.

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) and So Much More

In 2012, VCUHS and VCU employees generously gave to programs throughout Virginia through  the CVC and even more. Programs like the Central Virginia Food Bank, VCU Relay for Life, the Richmond March for Babies, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Governor’s Bowl, the Massey Challenge and the VCU Police Public Safety Foundation benefited from our employees’ generosity. Giving totaled an impressive $407,339. 

 

American Heart Association

In 2012, VCUHS’s Heart Walk team of 243 participants raised more than $31,927. 

 

Hospital Hospitality House

The Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) provides lodging and non-medical services to families and individuals in medical crisis. Guests are referred by physicians, staff and social workers from area hospitals. During 2012, VCUHS, the MCVH Auxiliary and others generously sponsored several fundraising events, totaling $42,750. In addition, VCUHS units and departments gave more than $3,100 in in-kind donations, including pantry staples, household items and toiletries.

Food Drive for Central Virginia Food Bank

 

In 2012, VCU/VCUHS conducted a food drive spanning both the MCV and Monroe Park campuses to help restock the shelves of the Central Virginia Food Bank. More than 38,000 pounds of food was collected. 

LifeEvac Celebrates 10 Years

 

For a decade, VCU’s LifeEvac program has been providing on-scene care and transportation for critically injured or ill patients throughout central Virginia and parts of North Carolina. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to central Virginia communities, nurses, paramedics, pilots and physicians also provide education and outreach EMS providers throughout central Virginia. LifeEvac averages approximately 600 transports per year. 

From Jumprope to Stethoscope

“From Jumprope to Stethoscope” (JR2S) is operated by the Department of Workforce Development and Strategy. The program educates middle and high school students about careers in health care.  The program offers both in-house and community efforts, including the Mary Elizabeth Mahoney Nursing Camp, a week-long camp for rising seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students who want to explore nursing as a potential career. Mary Elizabeth Mahoney, the first African American nurse in the United States, was known for her long and successful career,
which was characterized by hard work, advocacy  and dedication. All campers have an opportunity to shadow with a healthcare provider and to try their hands at basic nursing/medical skills, such as suturing and giving injections.

 

Another important outreach effort is our participation in career days and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for Richmond’s youth. In 2012, we attended several events held in the metropolitan area, allowing us to reach 1,400 middle and high school students. We also worked with school administrators, upon request, to present information on healthy eating and exercise.

 

In addition to these camps, JR2S also offers a for-credit course in health care at a designated high-risk middle school within the Richmond
Public School system. The class includes lectures, a hospital tour and hands-on demonstrations of medical/nursing skills. The final class grade is based on a life skills project that includes resume writing and interviewing for entry-level health care positions. Since the inception of JR2S in 2007, 2,786 children have learned about career opportunities in healthcare.

 

VCUHS is Richmond’s only medical post for the monthly Learning for Life program, which is offered to high school students ages 14 to 18 in conjunction with Boy Scouts of America. The coed program introduces these students to careers in health care. Students who complete two years in this program are offered a four-week paid summer internship at VCUHS.  

ProjectSEARCH

 

ProjectSEARCH is dedicated to teaching high-functioning, rising high school seniors with various disabilities marketable employment skills. Together with community partners, the VCU Department of Rehabilitative Services and Richmond Public Schools, VCUHS is proud to participate in this program as the city’s only host site. In 2012, VCUHS celebrated its third year of participating in the program, and four students were honored at a completion ceremony.

The Division for Health Sciences Diversity

 

The Division for Health Sciences Diversity (DHSD) coordinates the core components of the VCU Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline
(VCU Pipeline). The core components include a centralized application and data collection system, program assessment and evaluation, and centralized recruitment efforts. Through the VCU Pipeline, multiple awareness and enrichment programs actively charted a course for more than 400 high school and college students during the 2012 program year.

A significant development during 2012 was the expansion of the VCU RAMpS program to the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP). The RAMpS program was designed by the VCU School of Dentistry to enhance the academic preparation for junior, senior and post-baccalaureate students to help them understand the rigors of dental school. SAEP now extends this unique program to students interested in medicine and pharmacy through interprofessional partnerships with the VCU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy; the Department of Physical Therapy; and the Division for Health Sciences Diversity. The inaugural year of the program resulted in 244 total applications, with 55 students selected to participate.

The VCU Pipeline also increased outreach to local secondary schools and community-based organizations during 2012, with a focus on Richmond City Public Schools (RPS). During the fall 2012 semester, the VCU Pipeline coordinated field trip visits for students participating in the RPS Middle School Renaissance program. The Middle School Renaissance program is an after-school program designed to assist students with the transition to high school and is currently in place at each of the nine middle schools in the school district. In the fall of 2012, students from four RPS middle schools visited VCU, with the balance scheduled to visit in the spring of 2013.

Another significant development in 2012 was the planning phase of a one-credit, dual-enrollment health sciences introduction course with Richmond Community High School through a partnership with the Division of Community Engagement and the Division for Health Sciences Diversity. Although different in scope and structure than the heralded Cosby High School Health Sciences Academy, the new venture seeks to create a more informed pool of college applicants. The course will begin during the spring 2013 semester, with 21 high school students from Richmond Community High School and John Marshall High School currently registered.