The health system’s team members are also taking care of their own this holiday season. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hardships for some team members and their loved ones. Efforts throughout the health system have circulated to collect items and gift card donations to offer a helping hand to team members who have fallen on hard times, while protecting the team members’ privacy.
“It can happen to anybody,” said Crystal Olsen, who led an effort to collect items for an anonymous Tidelands Health team member. “Sometimes the Lord just puts it in your heart to help.”
Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital team members are participating in a “giving tree,” allowing team members to take a tag with a wish list item for an anonymous teammate.
“So many of our staff are going through so much,” Swanson said. “Nobody asks for help. This way, because it’s anonymous, we can help out our own employees who have been struggling.”