The Susquehanna Health nursing staff and the nursing professional excellence council recently hosted a gently used and new book donation drive at three of the health system's campuses.
Susquehanna Health collaborated with Kathleen Flerlage, a reading specialist in the South Williamsport Area School District, to work towards Flerlage's goal to acquire about 7,000 books for distribution to children in the community during the South Williamsport Mummers Parade in October.
The Professional Excellence Council and Flerlage hosted the book drive at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Hospital and Muncy Valley Hospital. The drive successfully collected more than 670 books that were donated to Flerlage's project in June.
From left to right: Tony Phillips, RN; Lesha Trostle, RN, care coordinator and chairwoman of Professional Excellence Council; Stacey Cole, RN; Kathy Harris, clinical manager Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice; Connie Coyner, RN; Deb Shuey, RN; and Mary Burns, director nurse recruitment and retention.
"During our Nurses Week festivities (in May)) we recognized that nurses are given much thanks and gratitude for our work," said Mary Burns, director of nurse recruitment and a member of the council. "The council heard about Kathleen's cause and wanted to help give back to the community. Kathleen's idea of giving the children on the parade route a book instead of candy or a toy aligned best with our overall goals as a health system."