At White Rock Medical Center, caring for others is about more than patients. It also means taking care of each other.

That includes new and creative ways to support the hospital’s Helping Hands Program. The program grants financial support, through an application process, to employees who experience emergent financial needs due to illness, death, fire or other crisis.

To help fuel the employee assistance program, White Rock’s Revenue Cycle team spearheaded a bake sale on April 6.

“If we’re able, we should help our own employees. Emergencies happen. This is a way in which employees can help their fellow employees who experience financial hardship,” said Joyce Leonard, director of revenue cycle. “The bake sale was a way we can get the fund built back up so that we can help more employees. Let’s help our own.”

The event did just that, raising $1,300 for the program by selling homemade baked goods donated by employees.

In addition to sweet treats, tickets were sold for a chance to win donated baskets of goodies containing all sorts of fun prizes, from insulated mugs and holiday décor to sweet treats and spa care items. Twenty gift baskets were donated by teams and departments across the hospital, including ICU, Wound Care Clinic, Coding, Revenue Cycle, Administration, HR, HIM, Employee Health, OR, Food Services, IT, Radiology and Patient Access.

The hospital continues $5 “Jeans Fridays” for employees who can wear jeans to work to help raise funds for Helping Hands. Employees who have been employed for at least six months may apply. The request will be reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis by a committee of White Rock leaders.