The Unity Health Auxiliary recently participated in Safety Day, an event hosted by the Searcy Walmart Supercenter that is devoted to educating children in the community about how to stay safe and be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
Auxiliary members distributed HELP (Helmet Emergency Labeling Program) stickers to children and parents as a part of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association’s state project to help keep children safe. The stickers, which include important information, are designed to be worn on bicycle helmets so that if children should have an accident while parents or guardians are away, medical personal will have basic contact information for the child as well as a list of the child’s allergies.
“Many parents had never thought of how they would be contacted if their child were in an accident away from home,” said Unity Health Director of Volunteer Services, Jamie Laughlin. “After learning more about the purpose of this project, parents were eager to receive a sticker for each child and seemed encouraged to enforce helmet use. As parents and grandparents, we understand the urgency loved ones feel when a child is in need of medical care. Each sticker has an area to note allergies so that first responders are aware of how to provide the best care for the child. Unity Health WCMC Auxiliary prides itself in providing education and awareness for our community.”
Auxiliary members also gave children and parents educational pieces about bike safety, emergency safety tips, bus safety, walking safety and internet safety. The local Fire Department provided a mobile fire safety house and the Searcy police did fingerprinting and distributed information about bike safety. Local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) helped with the event as well.
Unity Health Auxiliary members are volunteers who strive to make a difference in their community by giving of their time and service through the hospital. They assist with various tasks throughout the hospital including greeting patients and visitors, assisting in the gift shops, clerical duties and many other special projects. Since March 2013, they have been successfully raising funds through the “Miracles Happen Every Day” campaign benefitting the New Life Center located on Unity Health’s White County Medical Center campus. For more information about how one can make an impact in the community and become a Unity Health Auxiliary member, please contact Jamie Laughlin in Volunteer Services at (501) 380-1055.
ABOUT UNITY HEALTH – WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER:
As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in an eight-county area with more than 2,000 associates. The Searcy facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.
In addition to the White County Medical Center and Specialty Care Campuses, Unity Health in Searcy includes Unity Health – Clarity Health and Wellness, Unity Health – Family Practice Associates, Unity Health – Urgent Care, Unity Health – McAfee Medical Clinic, Unity Health - Orthopaedic and Spine Center, Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center and Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center, West, Unity Health – Westside Family Medical Clinic, Unity Health Cardiology Clinic and Unity Health Oncology Clinic.