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March 2012

SAHIB REPORTER

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Saturday March 3 2012

Public Relations by Harold Eady, Director, hjeady@comcast.net

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ne of Shriners biggest public relations opportunities is our Annual Hospital Days fundraiser. This is a time when we have an opportunity to communicate one on one with the public. We greet them, we hear stories about their family being a Shriner or a family member or friend who was helped by one of our Shriners Hospitals for Children and we offer information about Shriners and our hospitals. The Hospital Days event this year, February 2-4, was co-chaired by Tim Kinchla and Bill Long who did an outstanding job of organizing the many nobles and

several of their ladies who spent hours in front of several retail outlets in our area accepting donations from the public to raise the funds to support the Sahib Transportation Fund. All those volunteers are to be congratulated for a job well done. If you were unable to volunteer this year, please consider doing so the next time we have a Hospital Days event. It really is very gratifying, rewarding and a wonderful PR opportunity to be discussing with the public the wonderful work done by Shriners and our hospitals.

Roadrunners by Dick Schmidt, ductdr08@aol.com

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he numbers for the calendar year 2011 are in for the Hospital Transportation Unit and are a mixed bag. The patient trips and driver hours are up but the income is down. Patient trips are defined as the number of patient appointments that are serviced by the Sahib Transportation Unit. A single driven van round trip to the hospital may include 1 to 3 patients. There were 361 Tampa Hospital patient trips not including 88 trips that were fully processed but ultimately canceled prior to the appointment. Patient trips that were out of our hospital region became patient flights. There

were 16 patient flights to six other Shriners Hospitals. Those flights went to Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio, Galveston, Texas, Houston, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our three vans, two commercial and one mini, logged a total of 57,619 miles. There were no accidents and one incident involving the equipment. The incident involved a left tire blowout while traveling south on l-75 last April. The driver was Mario Bojsiuk of North Port. The van #2 with a wheelchair patient was traveling at 70 miles per hour in the center lane when the

We can’t grow, if they don’t know!

March 2012  

Sahib Reporter

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