Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 16, 2014

DCMH swings from trees to thank employees

GREENSBURG — It’s not every day one glimpses Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s (DCMH) accounting coordinator swinging from a tree.

That’s one of the many sights the Daily News encountered Wednesday morning, though, during a visit to the hospital as it celebrates “National Hospital Week.”

Accounting coordinator Barb Herbert was guilty as charged in a brief video she made as part of the week-long, hospital-wide festivities, but she wasn’t the only DCMH employee taking part in a bit of good-natured tomfoolery. Employees from eight DCMH departments coordinated to make four videos, three of which were set to the jazzy, funky, hip-hoppy, falsetto-fused rhythms of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

The videos were laugh-out-loud funny, as DCMH personnel from Marketing, Pharmacy, Primary Care, ER and others hammed it up for the camera, dancing and showing their creative, goofy, playful, “happy” sides. According to Herbert, the videos – indeed, all of DCMH’s National Hospital Week activities – are designed to encourage hospital employees to get up from behind their desks for a bit, get out of the office, interact more and “have some fun at work.”

The videos were being exhibited for hospital employees visiting the DCMH Employee Expo Wednesday morning.

Held on DCMH’s new, as-yet unoccupied fourth floor, the Expo, explained DCMH Marketing & Communications manager Lynzee McDowell, served as a kind of stress-reducing role reversal for hospital employees.

DCMH personnel, McDowell explained, are accustomed to being on the other side of the “booth,” as they take part in the hospital’s numerous Health Fairs and various other community events throughout the year and the numerous free health screenings each entails.

McDowell also noted that, although free health screenings were certainly part of the Expo agenda, there were a range of other freebies offered as well. And the Expo itself was only one of numerous activities on offer for employees during DCMH’s National Hospital Week observance.

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