As 2019 comes to a close, the LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes team feels grateful and blessed to serve our community. We want to thank our community partners and recognize the events LifeBrite has participated in this year.
Through our outreach efforts, we want to ensure residents of Danbury, King, Pine Hall and surrounding areas know about the services provided through our facilities. For instance, LifeBrite in May held an open house at its main hospital campus and invited community members to tour the hospital, learn about the hospital’s history, and meet the staff.
“We had a wonderful turn out of community supporters and other business leaders,” said Brooke Johnson-Smith, Director of Rehab.
Then in September, LifeBrite held a ribbon-cutting at its Pine Hall Community Campus and gave community members a chance to tour the facility and meet the providers.
Here are some other activities we LifeBrite participated in over the past 12 months.
In July, LifeBrite hosted Business Before Hours, the chamber’s monthly networking meeting for Chamber of Commerce members and businesses, at its King location.
“We provided breakfast for all attendees and Patsy Hall, one of our surgical nurses, gave a tour of the facility,” said Johnson-Smith.
Eight LifeBrite employees also attended the King Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Banquet to celebrate other business leaders’ achievements within the community.
Johnson-Smith attended local Ruritan Club meetings in Pine Hall, Germanton, Rock House, Chestnut Grove, Francisco, Sandy Ridge, and Pinnacle to discuss the services offered at LifeBrite.
LifeBrite provided a meeting space at the hospital for the Ruritan Clubs of Rock House and Francisco. The clubs also received a tour of the hospital facility.
Health fairs and community festivals
LifeBrite participated in employee health fairs at Wieland Copper, UNIFY, and Bridgestone Aircraft Tire. LifeBrite offered free health screenings that include basic vital signs, spirometry, blood glucose, total cholesterol, and grip strength. The hospital staff also provided education on body mechanics and smoking cessation.
LifeBrite also participated in the Senior Health & Wellness Fair in Pilot Mountain, the UHC Member Health Fair in Mount Airy, the Health & Wellness Fair in Germanton, and the Stoneville Senior Health Fair in Stoneville. Also, LifeBrite set up a booth and even sponsored several community festivals.
“Our staff loves to get out and meet the citizens in the community and tell them about our wonderful hospital and clinics!” Johnson-Smith said. “This past year, we have had a presence at the Little Folks Festival, which is a festival for young children and early intervention services. We attended the 8th Grade Career Fair in which 8th-grade youth were able to visit with some of our providers and talk about possible future career choices!”
“We also participated in Meet Me On Main, Riding the Wave to Wellness, the Stokes Stomp, FarmFest, King Fest, BBQ for Books, and Ridge Fest this year,” she said.
Exercise classes and home health presentations
Employees from LifeBrite’s physical and occupational therapy department led a chair-based exercise class at Stokes County Wellness Center on the third Wednesday of each month.
Johnson-Smith also visited local home health agencies in the county, Kindred at Home and Yadkin Valley Home Health, to talk with clinical staff about LifeBrite’s services as well as the benefits of local healthcare.
High school activities
LifeBrite hosted 15 high school students over the summer from Camp Med. The student got a chance to see first-hand what physical and occupational therapists do every day. LifeBrite also supported high school athletics, providing team meals for the North Stokes JV football team as well as the cross country team.
“We were also able to hold a pep rally out front of the hospital to send the North Stokes High School girls softball team off to the State Championship! It was great fun! We had staff, nursing home residents, swing bed patients, families, and community members outside cheering and holding posters in support of the team,” said Johnson-Smith.
Holidays and relays
LifeBrite opened the hospital and Stokes County Nursing Home on Halloween to trick-or-treaters. Several LifeBrite employees also took part in the Walnut Cove Christmas Parade on Dec. 14.
In addition, the hospital kicked off its fund-raising efforts for the 2020 American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The resurrected relay team raised more than $700 at a recent bake sale.
We love being able to take care of our friends and neighbors and fill a critical need in our community.
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early and LifeBrite Laboratories. To learn more about LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, visit our homepage.