Hospital departments rally to support families in need

By Staff

Employees at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) pitched in to make the holidays a little brighter this year for people in need.

Hundreds of pounds of clothing were collected by the human resources department at UCH. Employees from the hospital, outlying clinics and business services offices at Lowry, as well as university staff, made donations, said Mary Jo Pesch, human resources training/organizational development specialist.

In organizing the drive, and collecting and packaging the items, Pesch joined six others:Joshua Anderson, Michael Booth, Joanne Dunn, Jennie Heineman, Angela Vasilatos and Pam Venegas.

Hospital employees this month also donated thousands of items to families of students at Aurora's Park Lane Elementary School as part of UCH's Adopt-a-Family program. The donated items – including clothing, games, books and toys – went to families in need whose kids attend Park Lane.

The emergency department stepped up to sponsor 13 families who had not been adopted. Bruce Evans, M.D., the department's medical director, said several hospital departments and individuals donated money to help his department reach the goal.