GSHC Staff Live Out Mission and Values of Ministry Health Care by Serving the Community

The staff of Ministry Health Care’s Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill has a long tradition of providing high-quality care to its patients; they also go above and beyond by giving back to the community in many ways.

For a week each year in September, Ministry Health Care celebrates Mission and Values Week to coincide with the Feast of the Sorrowful Mother. In this system-wide celebration, the mission and values of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother are shared among all hospitals and clinics to educate, renew, and reinforce their importance in the Ministry Health Care system.

That system traces its roots to 1883 when Mother Amalia Frances Streitel founded the congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Within a few short years, the Sisters traveled to the United States to set up hospitals in many communities, including Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Like other Ministry facilities in central and northern Wisconsin, staff at Good Samaritan used the week this year celebrated from September 13-19 to make a difference for those in the Merrill community.

“We try and create activities that our staff can get excited about to help those who need help on many different levels,” said Sue Kruger, chaplain at Good Samaritan Health Center and member of its Mission and Values Committee.

An employee led food drive produced donations and cash that provided 2500 items to the Merrill Food Pantry. Departments were broken up into teams with the winning team donating 997 items from staff members of the Hospitals Laboratory; Radiology; Emergency Department/Walk-in; Surgery; Information Technology and Nutrition Services.

In addition, Good Samaritan purchased a 220-pound pig from Nicholas Meyer of Merrill which was turned into smoked bacon and donated to HAVEN and pulled pork which was the main entrée at the Breaking Bread Community Meal served at the Merrill Eagles Club with the help of 20 staff members from Good Samaritan on September 17.

“These events are truly something that makes us proud to be a part of the Merrill Community and Ministry Health Care,” said Michael Hammer, president of Good Samaritan Health Center. “To witness the pride and excitement generated by our staff during Mission and Values Week was very special.”

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