McKINNEY (Dec. 15, 2014) — Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) and its medical staff donated $30,000 to three local charities – The Community Food Pantry of McKinney, the Community Health Center of McKinney and Serenity High.
Both MCM and its medical staff donated $5,000, for a total of $10,000, to all three charities.
“In the spirit of Christmas giving, Medical Center of McKinney’s and its medical staff are pleased to make donations of this level to these three deserving organizations that serve our community,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM President and CEO.
Presenting the $10,000 donation to the Community Health Clinic (CHC) are (from left to right): Rashid Rahman, MD, president of MCM medical staff; Sarah Mitchel, CHC board member; Carol Stay, CHC board member; Kim Hatchel, MCM chief nursing officer (CNO) and CHC board member; Susan Kamath, CHC board member; Dr. Dave Thompson, CHC board member; and Ernest C. Lynch III, MCM chief executive officer (CEO).
“The physicians at Medical Center of McKinney are proud to make these donations to three local charities that bring so much to our community,” said Rashid Rahman, MD, president of the medical staff. “We see a number of patients that rely upon these types of community resources, and it’s good to know that there is such great support for them in the community.”
The Community Health Clinic (CHC) provides no-cost, basic healthcare to the underserved members of McKinney and Northern Collin County. While part-time nurse practitioners provide medical care in the day clinics, volunteer physicians, nurses, student nurses, translators and office staff fulfill roles in both day clinics and the evening clinics.
“This donation helps us serve a population in northern Collin County that does not have health insurance. This past year we cared for more than 1,000 individuals and had more than 3,100 patient visits,” said Dee Silva, Executive Director of CHC. “The contribution Medical Center of McKinney and its medical staff has made to the Center will allow us to help our patients have healthier and happier lives.”
The Community Food Pantry of McKinney is a non-profit outreach program that provides food to families and individuals in need and has been a vital part of our community for more than 30 years.
Presenting the $10,000 donation to the Community Food Pantry of McKinney are (from left to right): Rashid Rahman, MD, president of MCM medical staff; Carol Bodwell, director and board president for the Community food Pantry of McKinney; and Ernest C. Lynch III, MCM chief executive officer (CEO).
“Medical Center of McKinney has supported the Community Food Pantry since 2006. “We spend close to $40,000 a year purchasing food for the Pantry, and this donation supports 25% of our food expenditures, which is a massive contribution,” said Carol Bodwell, director and board president of the Community Food Pantry. “Medical Center of McKinney has supported the Community Food Pantry since 2006, and their donation is the largest single contribution we get from any one organization in our history.”
Last year, the Food Pantry provided 6,700 families with groceries to prepare more than 188,150 meals, and helped feed 9,474 children and 9,341 adults. “This donation helps us keep our shelves full so that no one goes to bed hungry,” Bodwell said.
Serenity High is a safe haven and sober environment for students who have successfully completed a recognized treatment program and who want to complete requirements to earn a Texas high school diploma.
“It’s invaluable to have a long standing partnership with a vital community partner like Medical Center of McKinney. This donation will be used to help provide education to our staff on current trends in the substance field, support initiatives that foster recovery and fund curriculum enhancements,” said Julie Ferraro, principal of Serenity High.
Serenity High currently has 20 students enrolled, and has served more than 1,000 families. The school has graduated 240 students.
About Medical Center of McKinney
Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an advanced biplane catherization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders, and opening the McKinney Senior Health Clinic, which is designed specifically for individuals over the age of 65 on Medicare. Medical Center of McKinney is part of the HCA North Texas Division of hospitals. Medical Center of McKinney will be expanding its services to the community with the addition of a new off-campus emergency department at 380 & Custer in 2015. For more information, visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.rol Bodwell, director and board president for the Community food Pantry of McKinney; and Ernest C. Lynch, III, MCM chief executive officer (CEO).