Providing medical care and health education is only part of how United Regional supports our community. We contribute in numerous ways to community organizations and events with volunteer manpower and monetary donations.
In addition to the programs listed, many employees give their personal time and resources as members of community organizations, their boards, committees and projects. And each year, through our Spirit of Giving Campaign, Spirit of Giving Campaign, our employees have the opportunity to donate to organizations in our community such as Hands to Hands, United Way, Children’s Miracle Network and the Rathgeber Hospitality House. In 2019, employees gave more than $285,000 to the campaign.
These are just a few of the ways we serve our community through volunteer manpower:
Breast Cancer Education
Each year we provide educational presentations at health fairs and other community events on breast cancer screenings, mammography and treatment. In 2019, we participated in 32 events reaching over 3,000 women to educate them on the importance of Mammograms and early detection of breast cancer. In addition, each year the hospital financially supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events which both raise money to support cancer patient’s needs, education and research. In 2019, the staff raised over $14,000 for both organizations.
Community Education Seminars
Physicians on the medical staff of United Regional present live presentations as well as Facebook Live events on the medical and surgical specialty services available to them. Topics range from joint replacement to urological conditions to bariatric surgery to general health and wellness.
Drug Take-Back Event
In 2019, United Regional hosted two Drug Take-Back events, coordinated by Trauma Services, in which the public was invited to securely drop off unwanted or expired medications, needles and syringes. The community responded in the Spring by bringing in 395 pounds of medications and in the Fall bringing in 252 pounds making their homes safer from accidental and intentional medication misuse.
Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred
United Regional is the medical provider for the Hotter’n Hell Hundred and sponsors 18 medical tents along the 100 mile route. United Regional provided all medical supplies for the events and works with local health care providers to assist in staffing the medical tents to treat participants with injuries and other medical conditions. The event attracts more than 12,000 cyclists annually.
Leadership Wichita Falls
We sponsor and host Health Day for the Leadership Wichita Falls adult and youth classes class to educate them on the services and technology available at our hospital.
In 2019, United Regional partnered with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank to improve the health of our community. The Food Bank operates a Mobile Pantry, donated in part by United Regional, and provides food boxes to the those deemed food insecure while hospital staff provide blood sugar and blood pressure checks. If needed, staff also arrange same-day appointments to the hospital’s Transitional Care Clinic for emergent needs.
United Regional offers education and health screenings at health events within the community as well as provides students with information on health careers at school career fairs.
Senior Focus / Drive Through Flu Clinic
We provide health education and screenings to seniors in the community. In addition, each year we provided free blood work and flu shots to more than 400 seniors during the event.