Ind. Hospital Fundraiser Ends with Bed Race

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Employees at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis celebrated a successful fund-raising effort by taking part in a morale-boosting bed race.

Friday's race was part of a campaign to raise money to build a critical care bed tower and to fund professional endowments.

"The employees have donated $1.8 million! We love it. We love our patients it's all for them," one jubilant employee said.

"I'm so proud to be an employee and to join the many employees who made a sacrifice so that they could be a part of ensuring the future of Methodist Hospital," said Samuel L. Odle, FACHE, president and chief operating officer of Methodist Hospital and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Clarian Health. "I am grateful to each and every employee who helped with the campaign or made a gift - large or small."

Although the beds were designed with speed in mind, they were decked out with a lot of decorations.

"The point is participation and we want to engage employees in all efforts to continue the historic mission of Methodist Hospital," said Jane Manning, MSN, RN, nursing retention coordinator for Methodist Hospital. "Methodist is like a 'home away from home' for many of our employees and a large number of them can tell touching stories of their deep attachment to this hospital."

"This campaign gives us an opportunity to contribute to Methodist's future so that it will be around to serve patients with the most advanced care for another 100 years," she said.

More than 700 hospital employees contributed to the campaign.

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