Membership in a community is essential to human happiness. People have an innate need for other people. But, true participation in a community has one requirement - to give of yourself in return for the benefits you receive.
Rush Foundation Hospital understands that unwritten covenant. They have a deep appreciation for the contributions of others that help make this area a wonderful place to live. In return, Rush seeks every opportunity to lend support to the many worthy causes in the greater Meridian area.
Each year, you'll find not only individual, but corporate involvement as major sponsors for such fundraising events as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Diabetes Walk and the Alzheimer's Memory Walk. And, when groups like Habitat for Humanity work to make Meridian a better place to live, Rush is right beside them lending a helping hand.
This support involves more than material participation. There's a spirit of cooperation and promotion that extends from top administrators to staff employees. It seems to say, "We're with you all the way: we believe in what you're doing, and we'll go the extra mile to help you make it successful."
Rush also understands that economic promotion is a crucial part of community development. One of Meridian's best calling cards for this is its continuing role as host for the annual State Games of Mississippi. Each summer, amateur athletes from all over the state come here to test their abilities against other competitors. These athletes and their families not only help boost the economy while here, they also take home impressions of Meridian.
That's why Rush is not only a founding Gold sponsor for the games, but also coordinator for medical coverage through Rush Sports Medicine during the high risk events. The presence of Rush athletic trainers lets the athletes and their families know they're in good hands while in Meridian.
Through all these and other endeavors, the Rush Foundation Hospital family has a definite message for East Central Mississippi and West Alabama: we're thankful to be a member of such a great community, and we will do our part to make it even better.