Annual Programs and Services

The Morris Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1994.

Throughout the year the Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation make possible many different Hospital programs and services. These programs include Camp 911, Employee and Volunteer Emergency/Disaster Hardship Relief, Patient Transportation, LifeLife(R), Medication Dispenser Program, Scholarships, and the Frederick E. Butts Serenity Garden.

Programs like these thrive because of support from our employees, volunteers, physicians, and community!

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

CAMP 911

Now in its 14th year, Camp 911 has become a staple in the community, teaching children the importance of safety in all situations, including how to react when a fire breaks out and what to do if they are hurt. Additionally, the program provided children with knowledge in bike safety, led by the Morris Police Department. The children also received bike helmets donated by the emergency physicians with EPIC Group. Along with bike safety, the children go through a basic first aid seminar led by Morris Hospital emergency nurses, and they take home a first aid kit donated by the Lions Club. The Camp 911 is funded through the foundation, with support from and involvement of  hospital employees, physicians, and outside agencies.

To support or learn more about Camp 911, please contact the Auxiliary and Foundation office.

EMPLOYEE AND VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY/DISASTER HARDSHIP RELIEF

At Morris Hospital we are known for the compassionate and personal care we give of our patients. What you may not know is how much we pride ourselves on also taking care of our Morris Hospital Family – our employees and volunteers. Established in 2003, the Disaster/Emergency Hardship Relief Fund assists past and present employees and Auxilians experiencing a financial hardship due to a disaster or crisis. The fund is held by the Foundation and is largely supported by our annual Employee Appeal Campaign, as well as donations from volunteers and the community.

If you would like more information or a relief application, please contact the Auxiliary and Foundation office.

PATIENT TRANSPORTATION

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is pleased to offer a free, non-emergent transportation service for individuals from Morris and the surrounding communities to the Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers campus, or to area physician offices. This important service makes healthcare accessible to patients who may be unable to drive or have limited mobility. Our vehicles are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs. The Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Morris Hospital Foundation have provided funding for the majority of the Patient Transportation vehicles since the service began in 1998. The Patient Transportation drivers and assistants are all volunteers.

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PHILIPS LIFELINE ®

Morris Hospital is pleased to connect members of the community with Philips Lifeline® , a medical alert system that enables individuals to live independently and with peace of mind. The program has been offered by Morris Hospital since 1985 and has served thousands of individuals – providing everything from lifesaving help, to assistance from a fall, to a comforting phone conversation. Since the units are purchased by the Morris Hospital Foundation, subscribers who contract through Morris Hospital are able to receive the best rates around, with maintenance service provided free of charge by Morris Hospital staff and volunteers.

LEARN MORE about LifeLine®

PHILIPS MEDICATION DISPENSING PROGRAM

Morris Hospital offers a Medication Dispensing Program through Philips Lifeline. The program can help individuals maintain the proper medication schedule using an automatic, personal pill dispensing unit that accurately dispenses medicine at designated times using an alert system. Today, this program is being made possible through a bequest gift left to the Foundation from the estate of Virginia Sparr Brown, a longtime friend of Morris Hospital and member of the Morris Hospital Auxiliary. In her will, Ms. Brown stated that her gift was to be used to fund projects and programs that support, enhance and encourage the provision of geriatric medical care. The Foundation funded the cost of the initial launch of the medication dispensing service and will provide ongoing funding to assist those who need assistance with the monthly subscription fee.

LEARN MORE about the Medication Dispensing program

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Morris Hospital Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to assist and encourage education in healthcare-related courses of study. Over the years, donor support has enabled the Auxiliary and Foundation to provide more than $130,000 in assistance to students. These scholarships are available annually to students residing in the Hospital’s service area. Applicants may be eligible for more than one scholarship.

LEARN MORE about the Foundation scholarships

FREDERICK E. BUTTS SERENITY GARDEN

If you have ever walked by the Serenity Garden at Morris Hospital during the spring, summer, or fall you will notice all the vibrant colors and plush plants. The Serenity Garden is place where visitors, volunteers, and employees can take a break, enjoy some fresh air, and relax. The plants in the garden are purchased through a fund donors can contribute to and a local landscaping company donates their time to perfectly place everything. If you walked past the Serenity Garden in October of 2014 you may have noticed it was decorated in all pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Another great time to stroll on past the Serenity Garden is during the winter, we create a winter wonderland full of polar bears and snowmen. If you are ever at Morris Hospital and need a place to take a minute, step out in the Serenity Garden.

To support or learn more about the Serenity Garden, please contact the Auxiliary and Foundation office.