During Nurses Week (May 6-12), Centennial Medical Center nurses hosted a ‘giving back’ food drive, which raised more than $3,700 and collected more than 1 ton of canned and non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Given the current economic environment, our nurses did what they do best – selflessly care for others by dedicating their week of recognition to giving back to the community in a tangible and meaningful way,” said Catherine Duffy, RN, chief nursing officer for Centennial Medical Center. “Knowing the need for non-perishable goods is greater than ever in our local communities, we felt compelled to act.”

Supported by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week highlights nurses’ efforts toward health care improvement and raises awareness of the value of nursing to meet the health care needs of all our communities.

About Centennial Medical Center: 
Located in Nashville, Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA’s TriStar Health System, is a 665-bed tertiary facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). One of Tennessee’s most complete medical facilities, the hospital campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, The Women’s Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. For more information about Centennial Medical Center, call TriStar MedLineSM at 615-342-1919 or 800-242-5662 or go to TriStarHealth.com and click on Centennial Medical Center.

About Second Harvest:
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee's mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide and also a member of Feeding America - The Nation's Food Bank Network. During the 2007/2008 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 40 million pounds of food to hungry men, women, and children. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, foster care facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.