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Parkway institute gives back to community

March 03, 2013
  • Dr. Leslie Foster, left, and David Bussard of Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute in Hagerstown stand among the items collected at the end of 2012 during a food and personal-care item drive organized by Parkway Cares, the Western Branch of the Maryland Food Bank and Wonder Book & Video.
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Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute in Hagerstown saw a lot of change in 2012.

It recently opened a new facility — Parkway Professional Center — which houses physical therapy and chiropractic branches, as well as a state-of-the-art upright MRI and general radiology facility, Parkway Radiology.

Parkway Professional Center also is the new home of the Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine, as well as Parkway NOW Care, a neuro-ortho walk-in facility that opened Feb. 18.

In addition to the expansion of its Hagerstown offices, Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute has experienced growth in Frederick, Md., and Chambersburg, Pa.

As its footprint in the region expands, the center created a philanthropic offshoot, Parkway Cares, as a way to give back to the community.

Starting in October, Parkway Cares partnered with the Western Branch of the Maryland Food Bank and Wonder Book & Video to collect food and personal-care items for those in need locally.

With the help of patients, members of the community and staff members, more than 1,000 items — 1,088 pounds of food — and $100 in monetary donations were collected.

According to the Maryland Food Bank, every dollar donated allows it to provide more than two meals for those in need.

Along with donations, people shared touching personal stories. Some who contributed told Parkway staff about difficult times when they relied on local soup kitchens and food banks, and now they wanted to give back to the place that helped them.

In December, Parkway Cares and the staff of Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute partnered with Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, to make one local family’s holiday season a little brighter. Hundreds of dollars in gifts and monetary donations were collected to purchase Christmas presents for a family that was affected by domestic violence and abuse.

This spring, Parkway Cares is organizing a walk/run to benefit melanoma research, as well as a biking event in the fall to benefit multiple sclerosis research and several other initiatives.

If you are interested in volunteering or are a part of a nonprofit group that would like to contribute to an event or plan an event with Parkway Cares, send an email to marketing@pnsi.org.

For more information about Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute, go to www.pnsi.org.

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