At Mercy Health in Muskegon, the Care of Colleagues team is the committee on campus responsible for coordinating many free events dedicated to helping us remember the importance of self-care. You may have attended a few, such as the Colleague Cookout, the Scooby Back to School Carnival, Beat the Heat Ice Cream Social, or maybe you’ve received a free piece of cake for various observances like Veteran’s Day and Mercy Day.
What you might not know is that the members of this team are Living Our Values each and every day by volunteering their own time – focusing on good stewardship and giving back to our work community.
“I joined the Care of Colleagues team because I really wanted to help show the colleagues how important they are to Mercy Health. The events are extremely rewarding because I get to see the colleagues feeling appreciated,” said Holly Pease, who chairs the Care of Colleagues team.
“The Care of Colleagues team is just a small piece of the Relationship Based Care model and I have seen firsthand just how beneficial this is for our organization,” said Pease.
The team also targets groups in need throughout our community. Most recently, the Mercy Health Muskegon Care of Colleagues team collected many much needed items to send to military men and women that are stationed on the USS Roosevelt, through an event called, “Navy Moms.”
The group is also coordinating the upcoming Bright Lights colleague giving program for those staff members in need of a little help this holiday season. This annual program allows colleagues to submit an anonymous application in order to request items that would make the holidays a little brighter for their children and families. The Care of Colleagues team members then distribute the gifts to the recipients prior to Christmas.
Being a part of Mercy Health means that we are called to do work that is rewarding because it’s genuinely centered on caring for other people, but we are truly at our best when we’re taking proper care of ourselves.
The committee is always interested in welcoming new members. If you’re interested in joining the Care of Colleagues committee, please contact Holly Pease, committee chair, or Linda Dunmore, committee co-chair.