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Monthly Ambassador Spotlight: Texas Ramp Project

Patient · Community · Each Other

At our yearly Service Is Our Passion meeting, we discussed what it means to be a UMC Ambassador—sharing our culture and passion. Even before this, you have been great at being an ambassador to each other, to patients and to our community. We’ve reserved this space right here each month to tell your stories of ambassadorship.

TxRampProject-inner-optA group of UMC employees, including nursing staff, Health Unit Coordinators, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Social Services volunteer with the Texas Ramp Project as Volunteer Coordinators and Builders. This organization finds people around the South Plains who can’t use stairs and builds ramps outside their homes.

“It’s amazing because we get to see instantly the positive impact on somebody’s life,” said Anna Geesling, UMC Occupational Therapist.

She started working with this organization because she noticed that patients often delayed discharge because they couldn’t enter their homes while recovering and wheelchair bound.

“The biggest impact is knowing that the few hours we spend doing the volunteer work can impact their whole world by helping them be comfortable in recovery. It reduces their anxiety to rest in their own home,” Anna said.

This organization impacts the South Plains community by providing people with the ability to comfortably go in and out of their homes when they are wheelchair bound. They are very grateful and have an overwhelming emotional and positive response at their freedom of mobility.

We appreciate this team and their Ambassadorship!

About the Texas Ramp Project
  • Almost 2,000 ramps built since the founding in 1989 (30 years)
  • Anna helps run the Facebook page, and coordinates volunteers
  • The organization builds ramps two Saturdays a month
  • Mainly Lubbock, but also been to Plainview, Crosbyton, Levelland

Do you have an Ambassador story? We want to feature it in Progress Notes! Submit your UMC Ambassador stories to Danielle.Hathcoat@umchealthsystem.com.

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