Earlier this summer, the state of West Virginia was ravaged by what was described as a “thousand year flood.” On June 23, a flood hit areas of West Virginia and nearby parts of Virginia, resulting in almost 60 roads being shut down, about 500 homes severely damaged or destroyed, and 23 deaths.
In the wake of the floods, half a million customers were left without power, and West Virginia was declared a state of emergency. The West Virginia National Guard search and rescue teams were deployed across the state to assist stranded residents.
We are thankful to report that none of our team members at the Radiation Oncology Services at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) lost their homes, though several did get significant amounts of water damage. Unfortunately, many employees who work for our hospital partner, Charleston Area Medical Center, suffered unthinkable and immeasurable losses, including total loss of their homes and personal items.
When our fellow employees at Alliance Oncology (AO), a division of Alliance Healthcare Services (AHS), heard about the devastation in our area, many asked what they could do to help. Alliance Oncology designated July 7 as “Helping our Friends in WV Day” and raised money for our friends in West Virginia that were so tragically impacted by the flood.
Employees across the country brought in financial contributions to their site managers, and team members at the corporate offices were able to partake in a special “Casual for a Cause Day” by paying $5 for the privilege to dress in jeans at work. In addition to the funds AO raised, AHS agreed to match what the division raised up to $500.
The money raised by AHS was donated to the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, Inc., the fund-raising organization for Charleston Area Medical Center. The CAMC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As the philanthropic arm of CAMC, the foundation’s mission is to support and promote CAMC’s delivery of excellent and compassionate health services, and its contribution to the quality of life and economic vitality of the region. The Foundation announced that they would give up to $800 to each employee affected by the flood for immediate relief (clothes, food, temporary housing, etc.).
The Radiation Oncology Services at CAMC was proud to participate in the fundraising efforts and is grateful to work for a company that cares about its employees and partners. We hope that everyone affected by the flood receives the assistance they need and know that we are here to help the residents in our community in any way that we can.
Photo caption: Tamara Fuller, Site Administrator for Radiation Oncology Services at CAMC, and her team, presenting the check to Gail Pitchford, President of the CAMC Foundation.