CCMC, Red Cross join forces

PARKERSBURG – The Camden Clark Medical Center is entering into partnerships with the American Red Cross and other entities around the community to promote better health practices and emergency preparedness.

Camden Clark President and CEO Mike King met Tuesday with Sharon Callow, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Sharon Kesselring, financial development director for the local Red Cross, to announce the new partnership.

“We’re announcing the launch of HOPE WORKS, a partnering campaign between the employees of Camden Clark Medical Center and four organizations that are very important to the people, the families and the growth of our communities,” King said. “I’m pleased to announce our first partner is the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, an organization that is always there as a partner, whether it relates to public health and safety, shelter, CPR training, disaster assistance and so many other things. This is the first of four partnerships we will form.”

HOPE WORKS stands for commitment to Health. . . to building Opportunities . . . creating Partnerships . . . and strengthening Education.

“HOPE WORKS is specifically designed to create hope in the lives of all that reside in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” King said. “It is an investment in our community.”

King talked about the activities and community involvement the employees of the medical center are involved in and how it was only proper for the medical center to do the same in a more formal way.

Like the hospital, the Red Cross is there for people every hour of every day, King said. The medical center wanted to help the Red Cross succeed in its mission of helping people in times of need.

Officials with the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross announced the admittance of Camden Clark Medical Center as its first business member in the Ready 365 program.

“It is to ensure we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and the donation Camden Clark is providing is the first such donation to this program and it will go a long way into ensuring we are ready in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” Kesselring said. “The Camden Clark Medical Center has taken a step into a world that we hope all businesses will follow.

“They have become a leader in the 365 program. It will help so many people across the Mid-Ohio Valley and the West Virginia region to be prepared in the event of a disaster.”

The support helps in recruiting volunteers, training them and having supplies and other items ready to go in a time of need, she said.

Callow commended the medical center on its emergency preparedness plan and how the hospital was able to help so many people during last year’s derecho with oxygen and other essentials.

“It was lifesaving to a lot of people,” she said.

Kesselring said the hospital became a place that could be relied on immediately for support in helping many in the area.

Camden Clark will announce the other three partnerships as soon as the formalities are complete.

“These will be partnerships of long duration and serious commitment, not a one-time deal, partnerships in the truest sense of specific projects to help the community,” King said.

The hospital presented a check Tuesday and a promise to commit about $15,000 over the next three years to the Red Cross.

“With this financial donation and partnership, today we partner with an organization that serves the people of Wood, Pleasants, Gilmer, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wirt, Roane and Jackson counties – as they work to bring help to people who need it,” King said.

“In the coming months, we will target specific projects with the Red Cross…and, down the road, tee up specific projects with our three other HOPE WORKS partners.

“The goal is to strengthen these significant organizations and projects.”