Thursday, September 11, 2014

Employees from Winston Medical Center made a special video expressing their thanks to Norman Regional for its donation after a tornado devastated their hospital and town.

"We are all very proud of our 'Oklahoma Spirit', but I saw that exact spirit in the folks of Louisville. I'm now convinced that there is an 'American Spirit' that resides in every state," said Jim Wade, NRH Foundation board member who traveled to Winston Medical Center to present the donation. "I was moved by seeing loving, caring, sincere, committed, and dedicated Americans in Mississippi."

Norman Regional employees, volunteers and the Norman Regional Foundation wanted to pay forward the kindness they were shown after the May 20, 2013 tornadoes leveled their hospital and homes. When a tornado struck the Winston Medical Center in Mississippi on April 28, 2014, the Norman Regional team reached out to a fellow hospital in need.

About $48,000 was donated to help the Winston Medical Center employees affected by the tornado. Winston Medical Center, located in Louisville, Mississippi, was hit by an EF4 tornado. The hospital took a direct hit by the storm but thankfully none of the patients or staff inside the hospital at the time of the twister were seriously injured.

The Norman Regional Health Foundation made a $20,000 donation to directly benefit the employees of Winston Medical Center impacted by this recent storm. The Norman Regional Auxiliary donated an additional $4,000 and the rest of the donation, $14,000 came directly from Norman Regional employees.

In June, Wade, along with NRHS President and CEO David Whitaker, and former NRH Foundation Executive Director Anne Clouse visited Mississippi to present the donation check in person to the employees of Winston Medical Center.

To view their Thank You video, please click here.