Humboldt General Employees Elect New Officers

Humboldt General Hospital's Employee Committee has a slate of new and returning leaders for 2014.

Following elections in December, HGH's 250-plus employees re-elected Rick McComb president and Louis Mendiola treasurer. Katie Dupuie was also chosen as vice president, and Shauna Barsanti is secretary.

Together these four, with assistance from other dedicated employees, are tasked with raising money throughout the year for a summer family picnic and an end-of-year banquet—a massive year-long fundraising effort that allows each staff member and a guest to attend the picnic for free and the dinner at a very reduced cost.

HGH Employee Committee President Rick McComb said the summer picnic is an opportunity for employees and their families to enjoy a free cookout, games and prizes, while the end-of-year celebration provides a backdrop for announcing the "Employee of the Year," "EMT of the Year" and "Supervisor of the Year" awards.

Additionally, the 2014 officers are hoping to continue outreach efforts to the community that began last year.

McComb said, "We want to do what we can to help our community, and we're excited for what the coming year will bring in terms of those types of opportunities."

Already this year, the committee has donated $250 toward the Lowry High School Drug Free Graduation Committee; $300 to the Paradise Valley building fund in the name of Christian Echevarria; and $1,000 for a scholarship that will be awarded in May to a Lowry High School senior who will pursue a medically related field of study.

McComb said employees have been quick to authorize a bi-weekly payroll deduction from their paychecks for the "Employee Giving Campaign," in amounts ranging from $1 and up.

The group has also been fortunate to curry the support of Humboldt General Hospital where administrators have agreed to match the committee's fundraising efforts dollar for dollar.

"It's amazing what a positive impact we have made in the lives of our fellow community members in such a short time," said McComb.

The group continues to sell soda and snacks at the hospital, as well as host various fundraisers geared at funding the annual summer picnic and Christmas banquet. These include favorites like the "Books are Fun," "Jewelry is Fun" and "Bag City" sales at the hospital.

However, McComb said funding through the Employee Giving Campaign is earmarked to help improve the lives of those in the community who need a little extra help.

"We are really excited to continue our efforts," he said, "and to see how much good we can do in our community."