Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Help CoxHealth “Stuff The Bus” for Springfield school kids

Did you know an overwhelming number of students in our community do not begin the school year with basic supplies for their education? Simple items that some take for granted like pencils, crayons, paper, or even backpacks to carry supplies are unavailable due to limited family resources.

You can make a difference to help give school children in Springfield a great start to the school year.

CoxHealth is partnering with James River Assembly, Care To Learn and Chick-fil-A for an event called “Stuff The Bus” from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012 on the Cox South campus.

With your help, the goal is to literally stuff a school bus – floor to ceiling, front to back – with school supplies for children in need who attend Springfield Public Schools!

Supplies to bring to provide one child with a backpack full of school supplies include:

· Backpack

· School box

· Crayons (24 count)

· Glue sticks (2)

· Glue Bottle

· Scissors

· Pencils

· Eraser

· Spiral notebook

· Pocket folders (3)

· Composition notebook

You can bring enough supplies to stuff one backpack or provide what items you can. We appreciate any donation of items on this list!

The “Stuff The Bus” school bus will be parked on the parking lot near the southwest corner of National and Primrose near the former emergency room.

For participants at Cox North

Do you work at Cox North and want to participate in “Stuff the Bus” at Cox South this Friday? No problem! Thanks to Dan Morton and his team in the Mail and Shuttle Services departments, mail shuttle vans will be available to transport your backpacks filled with school supplies to Cox South.

Just bring backpacks to the Cox North receiving dock at the end of the old ER alley off of Robberson at least 15 minutes before any of the times listed below and the shuttle drivers will deliver them to the school bus!

Cox North “Stuff The Bus” shuttle times

Friday, July 27

· 4:45 a.m.

· 7 a.m.

· 8:30 a.m.

· 9:30 a.m.

· 10:30 a.m.

· 11:20 a.m.

· 1:05 p.m.

Also, the school bus will stop by the Cox North campus at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. They will be parked in the corner of the northwest parking lot on Robberson Street.

As another way to help with this cause, Chick-fil-A will have lunch items available for your purchase and will donate 10 percent of all lunch proceeds to the “Stuff the Bus” program. This is a way for you to participate if you aren’t able to bring supplies. Employees who donate school items will receive coupons for their next visit to Chick-fil-A. 

Come and show our community what our value of compassion is all about! Join us for “Stuff The Bus” Friday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the east parking lot along National Ave. near Primrose on the Cox South campus. See you there! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CoxHealth named a ‘Best Hospital’ by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. CoxHealth was the only Springfield hospital named to the list, and the only Springfield hospital recognized as “high performing” in any medical specialty.

Of the more than 100 hospitals in Missouri, CoxHealth tied for fourth in the state only behind such well-known institutions as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of Missouri Health Care and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

The Best Hospitals’ rankings are largely based on objective measures of hospital performance and hospital resources, such as patient survival rates and nurse staffing levels. Each hospital’s reputation among physicians is also a factor. 

Additionally, CoxHealth was recognized by the publication as a high-performing hospital in five specialties: Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. 

“We are proud to be the only Springfield hospital included in this ranking, and to be recognized among the best health care institutions in the state. We are committed to continuing to provide world-class care to the people of southwest Missouri,” said Steve Edwards, CoxHealth president and CEO. 

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. 

In February, CoxHealth was named a Best Regional Hospital by the publication, one of only 247 hospitals in the nation to receive this honor. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/mo.