1,100 employees of the Charlotte-based Premier
healthcare alliance visited 24 locations across the region on
November 13, donating 4,400 hours of community service as a part of
their annual conference.
In partnership with Hands
On Charlotte, Premier employees participated in landscaping at
schools; processing clothing and food donations; and gardening, painting
and doing construction work at a ranch for special needs individuals.
"We were honored to work with Premier again this year, coordinating
volunteer projects for its annual all-employee conference," said Eric
Law, executive director of Hands On Charlotte, a nonprofit organization
that strengthens the community by making volunteering more accessible to
individuals, families, groups and businesses. "This event is tangible
evidence of Premier's commitment to the quality of life in our
community. Premier employees exemplify this not only during their annual
all-employee volunteer day, but throughout the year."
Over the past nine years, the company has donated nearly 25,000 hours of
service in Charlotte during the company's community service day as a
part of its all-employee annual conference. Employees volunteer as part
of Premier's corporate social responsibility program and commitment to
partner with the many organizations around the nation that have devoted
their energies to improving their communities. The program encourages
direct community service by both individuals and teams.
"Giving back to our community is core to the values we practice in our
work each day and our overall dedication to social responsibility," said
Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. "We look forward to continuing
our efforts to further support people in the Charlotte area and
Premier also provides paid time off for employees that wish to volunteer
on other days during he year, donating $100 to registered charities for
every eight eligible hours an employee volunteers.
Employees can wear jeans to work every day, as appropriate, on behalf of
their efforts to raise money for national charitable organizations.
Premier matches 50 percent of all employee contributions to nonprofit
organizations. This month, Premier employees are raising money for The
American Red Cross's special fund to help relieve those impacted by
Hurricane Sandy. And, any donation of $50 or more is automatically
eligible for a company match.
Premier's corporate social responsibility program also recognizes
innovative not-for-profit organizations that meet the needs of the
medically underserved and those outside the healthcare mainstream.
Established 21 years ago, the Monroe
E. Trout Premier Cares Award program annually honors a winner and
five runners-up with $220,000 in cash awards along with opportunities
for publicity and knowledge-sharing.
During Premier's annual conference last week, employees were offered
biometric screening tests and flu shots. They attended educational
sessions to further support their mission to improve the health of
communities, including learning more about what the election means for
healthcare and how to innovate their practices to better support
providers. Sixteen employees and eight teams were also recognized with
the annual Values Award for exuberantly demonstrating Premier's values
of integrity, passion for performance, innovation and focus on people.
Premier's presence in Charlotte dates back to 1969 and its Ballantyne
headquarters office is a LEED
certified building to help improve the environment. Premier also
promotes healthy lifestyles by hosting wellness initiatives for
employees, who participate in numerous walks, runs and similar fitness
events, both for their own health and to support programs and
organizations working to improve health.
About Hands On Charlotte
Hands On Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer service organization. It
promotes volunteerism and direct community service to meet Charlotte's
most critical needs. Its mission is to strengthen the community and
enrich lives by mobilizing a diverse corps of citizens in direct
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S.
hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and
technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality,
cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other
providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with
more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the
nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with
information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering
measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier
also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com.
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