Department of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department Community Giving
Pictured (l to r): Hoa Vu, Annalee Venneri, Mona Gonzales, Cindy Koonz, Denise Griffiths, Liz Mesberg.
On November 19th, in conjunction with the OHSU Community Giving Campaign, over 20 Emergency Medicine administrative staff members came together to host a burrito bar for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) adjacent to OHSU. Six staff members arrived to prepare, serve and clean up the meal. While there, staff received a tour of the center and were able to visit with a few family members who were staying at the house because their newborn was being treated at Doernbecher. They spend a lot of time at the hospital every day, and were very thankful to all the volunteers who bring in home-cooked meals.
The RMH provide a "home away from home" for families and their seriously ill kids who travel far to receive treatment at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and other Portland Hospitals. The RMH on campus houses 16 families. In order to stay at the house, guests must have a child 18 years or younger being treated at the hospital, and they must live more than 50 miles from Portland.
"OHSU has a long and rich tradition of service to our community," commented Department Administrator, Alan Lines. "We're proud to continue it through our team effort. A special thanks to all the admin staff who contributed to this very successful event."
In addition to helping sponsor the dinner, the Deparment raised funds through a EM Community Giving Dessert Auction. The coconut cake compliments of Cindy Koonz sold for the highest bid of $60. So far, this year's total campaign giving from OHSU has totaled $98,067.