NGHS employees transform ideas into reality

American flags for veterans, clothing and shoes for homeless patients and expanded therapeutic music services are just a few of the ideas that will soon change the way patients experience their hospital stay and discharge at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC).

Ten Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) employees recently received $52,463 in grant funding through the NGHS Foundation’s Change Grant program to bring their ideas to life. Each project aims to improve patient care, enhance the employee experience, or support a healthier community.

The projects span each of NGMC’s five hospital campuses, as well as several Northeast Georgia Physicians Group practices. Projects include:

  • American flags to honor veterans who die at NGMC.
  • Memory bottles for families of patients whose loved ones die in the emergency department.
  • Blood pressure cuffs for low income, under or uninsured patients diagnosed with hypertension.
  • Expanded therapeutic music services at NGMC Barrow, Lumpkin and Habersham.
  • Sensory toolkits and busy boards for patients with memory concerns.
  • Medical equipment for low-income patients at NGMC Barrow.
  • Clothing and shoes for indigent or homeless patients following their discharge.
  • Technology tablets for psychiatric patients in the emergency department.

           “A Code Salute ceremony is a poignant moment when a veteran who has passed at NGMC is covered with an American flag, transported from their hospital room and sent on their way to their next resting place,” said Karen Ende, patient experience employee at NGHS. “Funding for these flags allows us to conduct ceremonies where staff, family, visitors and fellow veterans can pay their respects.”

            Employees receiving grants include Rebecca Barrere, Karen Ende, Tara Forbes, Zachary Green, Lori Hamrick, Tina Johnson, Linu Joseph, Manuela Radu, Ashley Trammell, and Hayley Woodard.

Funded by donations to the employee giving club,