Published on August 14, 2017

Pueblo students prepared for the school year

(Pueblo, CO) –  As Pueblo schoolchildren get back to the books, Parkview Medical Center’s staff and volunteers are working to ensure they’re armed with the basics for a successful year.

For the past six weeks, Parkview has been collecting school supplies, from pens and pencils to backpacks and notebooks, to make available to young scholars throughout Pueblo County.

Representatives were on hand in August at the Pueblo City Schools (District 60) administration building, 315 W. 11th St., to hand out the supplies and most were gone within an hour.

But while Parkview employees are hoping to put Pueblo’s schoolchildren on good footing for the year, they hope to provide a little public education as well.

Representatives from the hospital’s Spirit of Women program, health information services, financial counseling, behavioral services, along with the emergency department’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and the breast health navigator all will be on hand to offer information about the services provided by Parkview Medical Center.

“We felt that a school supply drive would be a great opportunity for Parkview Medical Center’s staff, family, and friends to have a significant impact on the Pueblo community this year,” said Parkview Wellness Works Coordinator Stephanie Swithers. “While this dovetails with the YMCA’s Togetherhood community service project, collecting and donating school supplies helps every student get off to a good start, a crucial part of every academic year, and Parkview is happy to be a part of that.”

The school supplies are for any student in Pueblo regardless of what district they attend. But the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of Pueblo City Schools, which provided the venue and spread the word among its students.

More than 100 backpacks and hundreds more pens, notebooks and other supplies were donated as part of the event.

“We are extremely grateful for the numerous groups and organizations such as Parkview for donating new school supplies to help our students feel confident as they enter the new school year,” said Pueblo City Schools Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso. “There's something special about this time of year and we look forward to seeing the smiling faces of students when they come to the administration building on Friday!”

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.