The Hancock Regional Hospital Caring Community Partners (CCP) program helps extend the Hospital's mission, vision and values into our community. Since our community is the world we live in, activities may include contexts and cultures that differ to some degree from our own. Partners are those associates, family members and friends who commit their skills and time for use in a medically benevolent way for a limited time.
Examples of undertakings include, but are not limited to, providing direct holistic medical care, construction or reconstruction of medical facilities, preventative health education, and delivery of needed medications. Partners train on-the-job, learning whatever skills are needed as they go. These benevolent ventures take place throughout the year as needs are identified. Hancock Regional Hospital provides some measure of financial support, with Partners providing or raising the remainder.
The CCP program concept was borne from a desire to assist the victims of the December 2004 tsunami in Asia. Through a partnership with the Fellowship Associates of Medical Evangelism (FAME), a mission team was formed and traveled to Andrah Pradesh, India in September 2005. However, before the team departed for India, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Upon the team's return from India, plans were underway to provide assistance with clean-up and construction of Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi . Since 2005, additional teams have returned to India and Hancock Medical Center. In 2010, nine HRH associates traveled to Haiti to provide aid following a devastating earthquake. In February 2012, a small team will go to India for the dedication of a new hospital and nurse training facility that will bear the Hancock name. CCP hopes to schedule another full medical relief trip for sometime in 2014.
Local projects have included an associate move and repair/ reconstruction of wheelchair ramp at the Girl Scout House. CCP participates annually in an United Way Day of Caring project. As additional projects are identified and needs determined, the CCP will provide assistance as possible. What began with a handful of volunteers in 2005 has now witnessed the participation of over 70 hospital associates and/or community volunteers. The approximate number of volunteer hours to date including all missions and local efforts totals nearly 25,000.
To facilitate opportunities for hospital associates to use their personal and professional skills in partnership with other community members to improve the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of underserved people in Hancock County and beyond.
Our volunteer work makes a meaningful difference in the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of those we serve.