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“We wanted to interact with the community and theHospitalhashostedFreshMarket14times.Surveys
 we wanted to make sure it was in a way that would promote healthy lifestyles,” explains Patty Casarella, a radiology nurse who is the current co-chair of the Outpatient Council, which coordinates Fresh Market, of the decision to launch the monthly food bank. Originally, she explains, the plan was for the nurses to volunteer at food pantries run by Feeding Westchester, but the council decided instead, “let’s go one step further and start the food bank right here,” she says.
The response — from both Hospital staff pitching in to help out, and from residents attending the market — has been overwhelming: more than 200 volunteers provided more than 17 tons of food to 2,000 families last year alone. Run entirely by Hospital volunteers,
done at the market show that 99.4% of visitors reported eating the healthy food they picked up at the market, and 99% said that having access to fruits and vegetables has helped them make healthier lifestyle choices.
Trying out fresh artichokes or getting cauliflower for a new recipe is a luxury that many of the market attendees don’t have. “Many explain that they are on a budget, and these items are often too expensive at the supermarket,” Casarella notes. “They come here to get them and are excited to cook them for their children.” The program, Casarella adds, has been a great way to accomplish the Outpatient Council’s goal of “representing the Hospital in the community and bringing the needs of the community to the Hospital.”
  WHEN NOT BUSY PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL CARE FOR THEIR PATIENTS AT WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL, OUR NURSES CAN BE FOUND LENDING A HELPING HAND
AT VARIOUS HOSPITAL- AFFILIATED COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, MANY OF WHICH ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR THE COMMUNITY. HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE WAYS IN WHICH OUR NURSING STAFF IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE ACROSS WESTCHESTER:
— The Hospital’s Nurse Experience Council partnered with The Sharing Shelf in Port Chester
to sponsor a Valentine’s Day clothing drive. They also recently raised funds for scholarships for Lifting Up Westchester’s summer camp, organized a backpack drive, and volunteered to help at a rural clinic in Pennsylvania.
— Knowing how to react to a bleeding emergency in a timely manner can be a matter of life or death. Over the past two years, White Plains Hospital
 nurses and doctors have
been teaching these skills to educators across Westchester County through participation in a national campaign called “Stop the Bleed.”
— More than 200 children brought their teddy bears, dolls, and stuffed animals to be treated by nurses and clinicians at White Plains Hospital’s annual Ted E. Bear Fair, a fun-filled event with loads of giveaways and free health and wellness information for the community.
  2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT
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