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Community Outreach

Creating a healthy community is what we do. It's what we believe in. It's what we do best. It's our commitment to our community.

Salina Regional Health Center employees truly make a difference in this community. Not only do they provide care to our patients, they are also out in the community providing health education, serving on community boards, donating their time and resources to those in need and truly making a difference in so many lives.

For example, Salina Regional employees helped 26 less fortunate families this past holiday season – helping to make sure there would be Christmas presents under the tree. Another example is our support to the United Way. During down economic times our employees continue to give to the United Way. This past year $81,000 was donated to the cause. We even united together and built a Habitat for Humanity home several years ago.

Other examples include Project Salina, Smoky Hill river Festival, Relay for Life, Back to School Fair and so many others too numerous to mention.

Santa's Helpers

Ahh Christmas. That special time of year filled with twinkling lights, get-togethers with friends and presents under the tree. For all too many families, however, Christmas is a sad reminder that there is not enough money to pay the bills, let alone buy presents.

For many years Salina Regional Health Center employees have teamed up to be "Santa's Helpers" for families in need. This year, Salina Regional provided Christmas presents for 30 less-fortunate families – helping to make sure there were Christmas presents under the tree and special meals on the table. Sixty children had gifts under the tree, thanks to the generosity of SRHC employees.

Yvonne Davis, marketing secretary for Salina Regional Health Center coordinates the Santa's Helpers program for the health center. "It's a lot of work coordinating all the different departments with different families, but then when I see the hundreds of wrapped packages in one room ready for pickup it makes it all worthwhile."

Davis says that the Heartland Program coordinators are appreciative of Salina Regional employee's generosity. "One of the consultants told me that she is still amazed every year with how generous Salina Regional employees are. Look at all these presents!"

In addition to the Heartland families, Salina Regional employees also adopt employee families who are experiencing hard times.

"A lot of families are really trying to make it and just don't have the extra for Christmas. It's really nice to see first-hand how caring our employees are," said Davis.

United Way

In 2016 Salina Regional Health Center employees raised more than $12,000 through payroll deduction, cash gifts and other staff fundraising efforts for this year's Salina Area United Way "Live United" capital campaign.

Health Talk

Salina Regional Health Center employees enjoy being out in the community and sharing their health expertise through Salina Regional Health Center's "Health Talk," a health education resource of the hospital. Salina Regional employees provide clubs or groups with a variety of interesting and informative talks on health care. Health Talk speakers are health care professionals – nurses, therapists, chaplains, nutritionists and executives – representing all areas of the health center.

Health Talk programs are provided at no charge as a community service of Salina Regional Health Center. Programs are usually 20-30 minutes long, and may include slides, videos or literature.

If you would like to arrange for someone to speak about the below topics, please call (785) 452-7882.

  • Advance Directives (Living Will)
  • ADHD
  • Aids/HIV
  • Alliance for a Healthy Community
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Alzheimer's
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma & Asthma Prevention
  • ASTYM System of Treatment
  • Autism
  • Back Care & Back Pain
  • Birth Control Alternatives
  • Blood Borne Pathogens/OSHA Regulations
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Care & Breast Feeding
  • Cancer & Nutrition
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Careers for Women
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Child Birth Options
  • Community Health Investment Program
  • Community Presentation
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Defiant Juveniles
  • Depression
  • Developing a Birth Plan
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Education in Children
  • Diabetes & Pregnancy
  • Dialysis
  • Dizziness
  • DNA Testing on Infant Identification
  • Drug Interaction/Elderly Medication Safety
  • Early Detection & Screening
  • Effects of Divorce
  • Emphysema/COPD
  • ER Services/Triage
  • Exercise & Your Lifestyle
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Filmless Imaging (PACS)
  • Fitness After 40
  • Foot/Ankle/Knee Injuries
  • Foundation
  • Future Direction of Health Care
  • Gun Safety
  • Hazards of Electricity
  • Healthcare Careers
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Screenings in Newborns
  • Heart/Cardiovascuolar Risk Factors
  • Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms
  • Heart Disease & Stress
  • Heart Failure & Fluid Retention
  • Heart Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Hospice Services
  • How to Have Energy to Spare
  • Humor & Health
  • Hypertension
  • Infant Care
  • Infant Child Development
  • In-hospital Volunteers & Service Auxiliary
  • Injury Prevention
  • It's Your Brain
  • Lifeline
  • Long Term Care Options
  • Low Fat Diets
  • Lymph Edema
  • Mental Illness (What is Mental Illness?)
  • Morrison House
  • Neonatal Respiratory Problems
  • New Surgery Additions
  • Nursing & Nursing Issues
  • Oncology (New Technologies & Procedures)
  • Organ Donation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain & Pain Management
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pediatric Disability
  • Personal Empowerment
  • PET Imaging
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Preventing Falls
  • Radiation Patients (Care of)
  • Rehab
  • Roles of the ER Nurse
  • Rural Health Care Challenges
  • SANE/SART (Sexual Assualt)
  • Self Care Medications
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Speech & Language Disorders
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stress Management
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Sunflower Health Network
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Teen Drinking & Driving
  • Teen Tobacco Use
  • Thyroid
  • Venous Access
  • Vision Impairments — Adapting to your Environment
  • Vita Band Exercise
  • Weight
  • Management/Obesity/Exercise
  • Working Through Grief

Relay for Life

One of the finest public displays responding to the effect cancer has on our communities is see at the area Relay for Life events. Each year Salina Regional Health Center employees participate on the hospital's Relay for life teams. In 2013, their efforts raised more than $3,774 to help fight cancer.

Project Salina

Salina Regional Health Center employees donated $1,588 for Project Salina in 2016. Special prize drawings and an employee-led awareness campaign helped the organization meet its goal.

Yvonne Davis, marketing secretary for the hospital and coordinator for Project Salina, says that planning the food drive is one of her more fulfilling duties. "Not working in direct patient care, I don't get to touch people's lives the way doctors and nurses do. This is my way of making a difference in someone's life."

Yvonne says the hospital is successful in reaching its goal each year because of the wonderful generosity of the employees.

Dream Night

Hospital employees help children with special healthcare needs get up close and personal with their favorite animal

The anticipation and excitement in the eyes of VIP guests and their families at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure's annual Dream Night gives you a sense for the memories made at this event.

Staff and volunteers at Rolling Hills Wildlife Refuge understand the connection between children and animals. They get to witness firsthand how children's interactions with animals touch their lives, and see the calming, therapeutic effects brought on by spending time with animals.

Dream Night is an annual event replicated at many zoos around the world, which provides a special evening of entertainment and activity for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and physical disabilities.

On May 29, 2015 invited guests took part in the activities, which included live musical entertainment, games and the ever-popular animal encounters.

The Salina Regional Health Foundation also understands the benefit Dream Night offers to these children and supported Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure's ninth annual Dream Night with a $5,000 sponsorship through its Community Health Investment Program.

In addition, ten employees from Salina Regional Health Center also volunteered to help direct guests from the registration area to the beginning of their adventure.

Community Health Investment Program (CHIP)

The Community Health Investment Program (CHIP) provides grants to organizations that, like the hospital, are working to improve the health of the people in north central Kansas.

Salina Regional Health Center established the program in 1994, and it continues to provide the primary funding. The Salina Regional Health Foundation manages the program.

The CHIP Committee's three funding priorities are falls among the elderly, medication misuse and children's health.

To date, more than $9 million has been awarded in CHIP grants since the program was first established. Grant recipients have included Martin Luther King, Jr. Child Development Center, Big Brothers Big Sister of Salina, Ottawa County Health Planning Commission, Teen Town (The City), Lindsborg Community Hospital, and others.

Grant Information Notice
Grant application deadlines for 2017 are:

  • January 24, 2017
  • April 25, 2017
  • July 25, 2017
  • October 24, 2017

Application Forms:
Grant Application Form
Grant Budget Form

River Festival

Salina Regional Health Center employees manned their usual stations at the 2016 Smoky Hill River Festival in June. As sponsors of the Baby Station employees made sure wipes and diapers were ready for the youngest festival goers and their parents. Employees also staffed the Children's Art Tent, which had about a dozen different art projects just for kids.

Over 100 employees gave their time over the weekend to help make the event a success. Judging by the looks on their faces, the volunteers may have had as much fun as the kids.

Habitat for Humanity

Salina Regional Health Center employees truly make a difference in their community. Not only do they provide care to their patients, they are also out in the community providing health education, serving on community boards, donating their time and resources to those in need and truly making a difference in so many lives.

So it was only natural when Michelle Bunch, a food service worker for the hospital qualified for a Habitat for Humanity Home that hospital staff said let’s do it. And they did it, working together to build a home in just under two months. In all 1,525 man hours went into the project.

It all began when the hospital received a call from a representative from Habitat for Humanity asking if it were possible for the hospital to make a meeting room available for them to announce to Michelle that she qualified for a Habitat House. Of course the answer was yes, but what the Habitat Board did not expect to hear was that hospital employees wanted to build the house as well.

Hospital administrators quickly worked out a policy allowing hospital employees to receive their regular pay for the hours they worked at the house.

Stacie Maes, executive assistant, coordinated the staffing needs for the project. It took a great deal of planning and scheduling in order to make sure that full staffing occurred at the hospital while at the same time having enough workers at the construction site. In fact, Maes spent most of her time at the construction site while catching up at the office on weekends.

“The work was often hard, strenuous, dirty and frustrating, but is was also great fun and extremely rewarding. It’s all about touching lives and seeing people smile,” Maes said.

Michelle Bunch has been a cook at the hospital for the past four years. She was thrilled when she received the news she qualified for the house and was overwhelmed at the response she received in helping build her house.

“It was amazing to me how so many people came together to help me. Many didn’t even know me but they wanted to help. It wasn’t something they had to do. They were all just happy to be there,” Bunch said.

After a house blessing ceremony in November, Michelle and her three children moved in to their new home just in time for the holidays. The four-bedroom home gave each child a bedroom of their own for the first time.