Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


March 11, 2014

Founding family no longer an influence at Hill-Rom


According to the 2013 review, “Being a committed partner in our communities is a natural extension of our work and an essential responsibility of our company .... Hill-Rom’s Hospital Beds for Humanity® program, now in its fifth year, is the centerpiece of our employee volunteer and corporate giving program. Through the program, Hill-Rom employees in the United States and Europe volunteer to refurbish and renew medical equipment for hospitals and other health care facilities which have urgent need for Hill-Rom’s products. Although the name focuses on hospital beds, the program has been expanded to include products from nearly every product line at Hill-Rom,” including hospital furniture, The Vest® Airway Clearance System, mobility devices and surgical instruments.

Over 250 workers met monthly to recondition and refurbish used Hill-Rom products that employees reclaimed from customers. In all, 2,312 products were renewed and delivered to 15 countries in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the U.S.

In the citizenship area, the report continued, “2013 was a year marked by heart-breaking natural disasters that devastated the lives of millions. Hill-Rom has long admired and supported the work of the Red Cross in providing urgent care to those affected. This year, Hill-Rom donated $224,000 to the Red Cross in support of its work helping those affected by disasters, including Superstorm Sandy in the U.S., devastating floods in Canada and Europe and tornadoes in Oklahoma” and other U.S. areas.

Employee-led giving last year delivered help to a wide array of groups in communities around the world. Some of the efforts: 1,700 cans of food were delivered to a local food pantry; 133 Relay for Life participants raised $25,000 for the American Cancer Society; 121,000 meals were packaged and shipped to African communities; 510 coats were mended and donated to a winter coat drive; $4,600 was raised for Parkinson’s research by a small team of cyclists; $10,000 was collected in two hours for a service group during a phone-athon; 4,000 flower bulbs were planted to renew a nursing home garden; and $2,400 was raised in one week for childhood cancer research via donated lunch money.

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