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Lend a Hand Dinner feeds hundreds

January 08, 2008

Almost 1,700 people received a traditional holiday meal on Christmas Eve thanks to the Washington County Emergency Medicine Physicians. Under the leadership of Dr. Scott Wegner, Dr. Stephen Kotch and Dr. Thomas Gilbert, volunteers from the Washington County Hospital prepared and boxed meals for delivery throughout the county.

"This has become an event that we look forward to every year. We see many of these folks in the emergency room through the year. We wanted to let them know that we care about them not just as patients, but also as neighbors in our community," Dr. Wegner said.

This is the sixth year the physicians' group has sponsored the Lend A Hand Dinner. It has grown from about 350 meals delivered in 2002 to 1,672 delivered this year. About 120 volunteers from across Washington County Health System delivered the meals to individual homes, senior buildings, and agencies that care for people who are homeless or live in halfway houses.

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Community Rescue Services Inc. and the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway delivered meals to buildings housing seniors. The Washington County Division of Fire and Emergency Services prepared the route maps that volunteer drivers used to reach each of the homes where meals were requested.

Washington County Hospital staff from nutrition services, the human resource development department and the public relations department assisted the emergency physicians in organizing the event.

The Lend A Hand Dinner is one of many community benefit activities that Washington County Hospital participates in every year to improve the health and well being of area residents.

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