Region 8 Hospital Gives Back to Community

May 12, 2005 – Posted at 3:19 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO -- This week more than 5 million employees at 7500 hospitals are celebrating National Hospital Week across the country.
The largest employer in Craighead County, St. Bernards Healthcare, kicked off the week with several activities, including ice cream treats for workers, customer service presentations and rooftop cookouts. But on Thursday, workers spent their time giving back to the community.
“At St. Bernards, we're not just about our hospital and health care, we're about the community too,” said Doug Doggett of St. Bernards Medical Center, “And so one of the ideas was to give something back.”
So they decided to help out 84-year-old Opal McAnally with her house.
“Oh, I was surprised, I was!” laughed Mrs. McAnally, “I was surprised the other day whenever they called me and told me that she picked me for this. We'll I couldn't believe it, but it's true!”
McAnally has lived at her house in Jonesboro for 35 years, and the wear is starting to show.
“I just fix it whenever I can you know,” said McAnally.
“One of our workers actually stepped down off the step, and the steps collapsed. So she was literally one step away from a major emergency,” said Doggett, “What we are trying to do now is completely re-do her steps. We are taking it all out and putting new ones in, so it's become a bigger project than what we expected.”
“I can't believe that it's happening to me,” said McAnally.
Friday wraps up National Hospital Week.
St. Bernards plans to have drive-though blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be set up at Indian Mall, St. Bernards Auditorium and the First Care Highland Park Clinic. You can get your blood pressure checked at any of the three different locations.