Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Join our team of volunteers

 Glenda Patterson (above) is ready to assist customers in the Cox South Gift Shop

Whether it's bringing some cheer to a lonely patient, delivering flowers from loved ones or making a sick child less anxious, volunteers at CoxHealth have a great and lasting impact on our patients.

When Glenda Patterson of Springfield visited Cox South she always noticed the volunteers.

“They are always so helpful. This prompted me to find out about volunteering at the hospital,” says Glenda.

Soon she was volunteering at the Cox South Gift Shop (below) one day a week.

“I assist customers who need help finding a specific item. I also help with the flower and candy bouquets by making sure they get to the correct patient and location,” says Glenda.

Glenda says she enjoys meeting people and helping others as a volunteer, and she receives a discount off purchases in the CoxHealth gift shops.

Positions are currently open in the gift shops and at the information desks, and on-the-job training is provided.

To learn more, call 269-4169 in Springfield and 417/354-1409 in Monett. For information about volunteer opportunities at Oxford HealthCare, call 883-7500, extension 3395. You can also find out more at

Saturday, December 8, 2012

CMN Hospitals, Slumberland team up to provide beds to children in need

Thanks to a partnership between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth and Slumberland Furniture, the children of 11 area families will sleep more soundly this holiday season – and for years to come.

Slumberland has donated 16 mattress sets and bed frames, plus pillows and teddy bears, to CMN Hospitals to help local families in need - a donation valued at $5,600. Families receiving mattress sets were identified through CMN Hospitals and in conjunction with other local agencies. 

Slumberland and CMN Hospitals are making deliveries to the homes of new parents such as Rocio Orozco of Springfield. Orozco recently had a new baby, and was without a bed for her older son – 18-month-old Francisco, who has now taken on the role of big brother. 

“This is awesome; I’m really glad,” Orozco told reporters who came to cover the bed delivery on Dec. 4. “We needed something like this, especially after his little brother came along. He’s going to have some stability with his own little bed.” 

Project organizers say that stability is key to children’s health.

“If you have a child who’s not sleeping in a place that is conducive to getting good sleep, that has health ramifications,” says Tim Siebert, executive director of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re very grateful to Slumberland for providing this donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so we can help these families.” 

Brad Moulder, general manager of Slumberland in Springfield, agrees: “Sleep is so very important for children, it has a lot to do with their physical and mental well-being, we’re happy to be able to give that back to the community and especially to children; especially this time of year.”

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas toy drive benefits hospitalized children at CoxHealth

This Christmas, you can help the thousands of children that are cared for at CoxHealth each year by donating to the CoxHealth Child Life Christmas Toy Drive.

Donations of a variety of newly purchased items for all ages are appreciated, including coloring books, playing cards, board games, action figures, personal care items, DVDs, video games, scrapbooking and art supplies, and more. For a complete list, visit

CoxHealth’s Child Life staff work closely with hospitalized children and their families, helping kids stay calm so medical care can be provided and helping parents cope with the stress of having a hospitalized child. Donated items will be used throughout the year as rewards, prizes and gifts for these children.

Toy drive collection bins are located at Cox South, 3801 S. National, in the North Entrance lobby and in the West Pavilion lobby. For more information, call 269-6784.