PPS Plus Exceeds Fundraising Goal for American Cancer Society
In the beginning of April, PPS Plus began its efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Stephanie Hargrove, PPS Plus’s Assistant Director of Operations for Coding & OASIS Review, took initiative to spearhead its fundraising efforts and even created an updatable goal chart, which included space for staff members to fill in the names of loved ones lost by the disease.
“I spent many years as an oncology nurse and have lost family members and a number of friends to cancer, so this was personal for me," said Hargrove. "I didn't even have to think twice when our boss asked if anyone would like to head up this charity event. We have a generous and creative group of people here at PPS Plus. I knew if we set our goals high, we would be determined enough to conquer them!”
Setting an initial collection goal of $2,000, PPS Plus aimed to exceed the goal with creative fundraising techniques. Weekly staff “collection” competitions, along with contributions from local companies for raffling purposes, all helped to ultimately boost the earnings. The dunk tank at the recent PPS Plus crawfish boil even collected a whopping $250 from eager attendees willing to contribute a buck for a throw.
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement, an organized, overnight community fundraising walk or festival-like event.
In addition to its in-house fundraising efforts, PPS Plus also participated in the Relay for Life event, hosted in Gulfport, MS on Friday, May 5, 2016. Staff members put on their thinking caps to design a creative booth to compliment the event’s Margaritaville theme, as well as draw event goers to the booth in order to collect donations for ACS. Fun, unique games like “Name That Mustache” offered booth visitors a good laugh, while several raffle drawings were able to collect approximately $350 in donations.
"Most people with cancer say they have lived two extremely different lives...one before the cancer diagnosis and one after, said Hargrove. "The American Cancer Society does their very best at providing resources - both physical and emotional - for cancer patients after they hear the one word that changes their life forever. If you want to be inspired and you want to see true spirit and courage, go to a Relay For Life event....it will change you forever!"
Out of 57 teams that participated in “Relay for Life of Harrison Gulfport,” PPS Plus is proud to place 7th for “Most Donations Collected” as a 17-member team, earning a total of $2,038.01 for ACS. Click here to view the full stats from the event.
“I am so proud of the strong, team-minded staff members we have here at PPS Plus,” said PPS Plus founder John Shinn. “When they have a goal in mind, they go above and beyond to make sure it’s accomplished.”
Check out some of the other photos taken by the crew at PPS Plus at Relay For Life. Click here.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.
Learn more about ACS, what we do, and our plans for the future by click here.
About PPS Plus
Arm your home health agency against the complexities of ICD-10, while achieving clinical and financial accuracy with PPS Plus’s industry-leading OASIS analysis software. Providing patient data in real time, OASIS Analysis Plus enables users to pinpoint OASIS errors and clinical inconsistencies quickly and easily, submit an accurate OASIS and receive an accurate reimbursement. The software includes a full clinical review of all assessments, consistent patient outcome reporting and accurate HHRG and Medicare reimbursement.
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