SAMC joins Mayor's Ride for Fitness

Daniel Powers with SAMC's Living Well Fitness, left, gets the crowd excited at the Mayor’s Ride 1111MayorsFitnessRide310x153 for Fitness May 10. SAMC co-sponsored this community event.

Compassion That Compels

Kristianne Stewart, director of the non-profit Compassion That Compels in Mandeville, La., 7156CompassionThatCompels310x153 recently donated 40 Compassion Bags to patients of Southeast Cancer Care Network. Each bag includes items such as a blanket, a devotional book, a coffee mug, a Chick-Fil-a gift card, and specialty teas and mints featuring uplifting scriptures. In addition to her generous donation, valued at $4,000, Stewart delivered an inspirational talk entitled, “On the Other Side of Something” to women under active  cancer treatment at SAMC. Stewart plans a return trip in the fall, with hopes of donating 60 more bags to women receiving treatment at Southeast Cancer Center, Enterprise Cancer Center and North Florida Cancer Center.

Teresa Williams nominated for SAMMY award

Since the day she joined the EVS team, Teresa Williams’ hard work, dedication, smile and 6512WilliamsTeresa310x153 inner beauty has blessed many.  
“One of the things that I love the most about Mrs. Teresa is her concern for people,” said a coworker. “It doesn't matter to her the color of your skin or how much money you have. She just loves people and enjoys serving and encouraging others.”

Her hard work and dedication on the job flows over to the community as she is a dedicated member of Burdeshaw Street Missionary Baptist Church where she can often be found in the kitchen preparing meals.  

When she hears of a need among co-workers, she is the first to go into her pocket or make phone calls to help fill those needs. When a church family was in need of clothes and toys for their children at Christmas, Teresa spearheaded an effort to help.  

She has often taken on the role of caregiver in the community, helping people like Miss Gracie, an elderly woman whose husband was ill and confined to his bed. Teresa would call daily when leaving work to see if there was anything the couple needed; she checked on them often. She also ran errands for them, doing whatever she could to make their lives easier.

For the last four years at Christmas, Teresa has volunteered with Turkeys from Heaven, a non-profit organization that reaches out to more than 600 families at Christmas. She helps pack and deliver food boxes. For the last two years she has served meals each month at Mama Tina’s soup kitchen. She spends hours to help prepare food and uses her own money for supplies. She often says how blessed she feels and wants to share that with others.