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Tampa General cardiac telemetry unit helps feed America

Monday August 5, 2013
Tampa General Hospital cardiac telemetry volunteers who sorted food at Feeding America included, from left, RNs Shyla Vazhakalayil, Jyoti Mehta, Sandy Botardo, Belen Bantayan and Ma Liza Devora. 
Tampa General Hospital cardiac telemetry volunteers who sorted food at Feeding America included, from left, RNs Shyla Vazhakalayil, Jyoti Mehta, Sandy Botardo, Belen Bantayan and Ma Liza Devora. 
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Heleomar Zanga, RN, nurse manager, left, and Kay Rimando, RN, check expiration dates on items.
The Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital 5A cardiac telemetry unit’s Community Service Committee and their family members recently volunteered at Feeding America Tampa Bay’s warehouse as part of their ongoing community projects.

"It is good to see the same teamwork from the hospital in an outside 5A environment," Heather Bidlack, RN, chairwoman of the shared governance council, said in a news release.

The group of about 36 volunteers sorted food donated to Feeding America that will be distributed to people in need in a 10-county region across west central Florida. Earlier this year the group organized free health screenings at the UPS headquarters in Tampa. "The common interest of the team is focused on helping people in and outside healthcare facilities," clinician Yamilette Flores, RN, said in a news release.

Feeding America Tampa Bay is a local affiliate of the nationally known hunger-relief organization, Feeding America. Locally, they partner with more than 600 charities to provide hunger relief to 10 counties in west central Florida. Last year, they distributed more than 25 million pounds of food to individuals and families in need. "The feedback from Feeding America staff on the cohesiveness of the group was welcoming and motivated the 5A group to continue working together," Danielle Miller, RN, a clinician on the 5A telemetry unit, said in a news release.


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