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By Denise Jackson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, AMN Healthcare
This past weekend, 36 AMN Healthcare team members ran a collective 579 miles at Ragnar SoCal. But beyond the miles they covered as part of this annual 193 mile relay race across Southern California, AMN Healthcare’s three running teams also raised more than $25,000 for Girls on the Run. I am thrilled to count myself as a member of the AMN Healthcare SoleMates Team as AMN, Girls on the Run and running are all important parts of my life.
I first got involved with Girls on the Run as a Running Buddy in 2006. I was inspired by the organization’s belief that any girl can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world. I also love the organization’s approach to developing the whole girl – physically, emotionally and socially – through an experience-based curriculum, community service and mentorship that integrates running.
After seeing the impact of the Girls on the Run program in San Diego, I quickly expanded my involvement with the organization. Since 2012, I have served on the Board for Girls on the Run International and am extremely proud to be the Chairperson.
I am grateful to work at a company that values community service and personal as well as professional growth. I helped start the AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates, a running group that supports our team members in pursuing their passion for running and making an impact in their local community. SoleMates has participated in a number of running events on behalf of Girls on the Run, raising more than $150,000 since we started the team in 2008.
This will be AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates’ fourth year participating in Ragnar. One of the reasons I started running was because of the community around the sport and Ragnar is a perfect race to showcase that spirit with team members depending on one another to complete each portion of the race and provide encouragement along the way. Girls on the Run’s mission of empowering every girl to achieve her limitless potential is inspiring to me, and one of the reasons I stay so motivated to continue competing in endurance races. I want to share my passion and the vision of this great organization with others. I am a Girl on the Run!
AMN team members get in the holiday spirit each year as they collect toys to donate to Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, the team was able to donate more than 100 toys! Thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital facilities every year, and these donations go a long way towards cheering children up during a hospital stay or clinic visit.
Team Esperanza completed a medical and community development mission in the impoverished highlands of Huehuetanango, Guatemala. For the 4th year in a row, the mission was sponsored in part by AMN Healthcare, which sends both medical and community development volunteers.
Team Esperanza included a team of 32 AMN employees—both healthcare professionals for medical services and company volunteers for community development. The results of the Team Esperanza mission were incredible, including 130 surgeries, 89 stove installations and 452 water filter installations. The mission touched the lives of more than 1,200 people in just one week!
Read a firsthand account of the mission from AMN team member Caleb Stewart. For more information on AMN Healthcare Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, take a look at our 2015 CSR Report.
Green Rose Day is a celebration of people with and recovering from mental illness founded by Mental Health Systems. AMN is a sponsor, and Jeanette Sanchez, AMN Healthcare Chief Information Officer, is an MHS Board member. As part of the celebration, AMN Healthcare team members joined together in support of the Mental Health Systems meditation garden rejuvenation project by painting messages of hope across the organization.
In continued support of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, AMN Healthcare sponsored the San Diego Walk for Wishes. More than 150 AMN team members came out to the San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park for this family-friendly event, including Julie Fletcher, Chief Talent Officer, AMN Healthcare and a Make-A-Wish San Diego Board of Director. For more information, visit: http://sandiego.wish.org/
The Customer Support Leadership Team had a great time volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank in April. They packed 3,400 bags of Oatmeal and bagged almost 500 pounds of carrots that will go out to families around San Diego County. It was a very rewarding to help out the community while spending time with fellow colleagues.
In an effort to help those in need in our community, the Dallas AMN office has partnered with Project Sleeping Bag to deliver food, clothing and other necessities to the homeless communities in Dallas and Fort Worth.
On Saturday, March 5, 23 AMN volunteers and family members helped to serve over 400 hamburgers to those who came to the event. Additionally, those who were unable to make the Saturday volunteer event helped donate other food and clothing items for the community. Our AMN team will continue to volunteer at both Dallas and Fort Worth locations the first Saturday of each month.
The following videos showcases some highlights of the efforts of our volunteers and images of those who we were able to serve! If you are interested in finding out more information on how to help, please contact Bonnie Britton or Noah Zimmerman.
In partnership with Kaiser and other San Diego companies, AMN Healthcare was proud to sponsor the Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run on Sunday, January 24, 2016. In addition, AMN provided over 3,000 water cups for the halfway point water station and covered the registration fee for all team members who joined. The AMN team was the largest at the event with 75 participants! Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of schools and educational programs in the local community of AMN’s headquarters.
Green Rose Day is a celebration of people with and recovering from mental illness. AMN team members from San Diego, CA, Irving, TX, St. Louis, MO and Wilton, CT, took part this year, exemplifying the AMN commitment to supporting health in the community. Green Rose Day was launched last year by Mental Health Systems (MHS). AMN is a sponsor, and Jeanette Sanchez, AMN’s Chief Information Officer, is an MHS Board member. Celebrations included painting rocks with messages of hope and support to be placed in the gardens of mental health facilities.
The statistics for the annual AMN Healthcare 2015 mission to Guatemala, part of HELPS International’s Team Esperanza, are nothing short of amazing. Our clinical volunteers helped create a temporary acute care hospital and then took part in 112 surgeries and 1,178 patient visits. Our corporate volunteers helped install 76 stoves for impoverished families. All of this in fewer than six days!
At the makeshift hospital, work days were very long, beginning and ending in darkness. Guatemalan men, women and children formed lines as early as 4 a.m. Prepping for surgery began early in the morning, and so did the clinic, where doctors and nurses saw an endless stream of indigenous people from nearby villages and the city of Huehuetenango.
In under a week, AMN volunteers changed the lives of more than a thousand people – maybe thousands of people. The medical care made a powerful, immediate difference in people’s lives, while the safety stoves made a long-range, significant improvement. And volunteers came home changed forever by their amazing experience.
Read more from the other volunteers on the Guatemala mission here: AMNHealthcare.com/blog/
About 20 AMN Healthcare volunteers recently gathered to serve dinner at Father Joe’s St. Vincent de Paul Village in San Diego. Volunteers included CEO Susan Salka and other company leaders and team members, who welcomed the homeless and others and then prepared and served nearly 250 dinners at the downtown facility, which provides meals, shelter and services to the homeless and disadvantaged members of the community. AMN team members spent the evening serving plates of pork stew, chicken, plantains and rice to individuals and families in the facility’s dining rooms.
Each day, St. Vincent de Paul Village serves 3,000 meals to community members, including homeless and non-homeless individuals and families, who might otherwise go hungry or have to engage in panhandling to meet this basic need. San Diego has the 5th largest homeless population in the nation among major cities, behind New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle.
For more information about AMN Community Relations, email Steve Wehn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, or call him directly at (877) 282-0369.