This is a news release from Hattiesburg Clinic
Departments at Hattiesburg Clinic are helping to keep retired veterans warm this winter.
The Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Specialists departments at Hattiesburg Clinic recently participated in "Sweaters for Veterans" in an effort to collect winter clothing for veterans on the coast. The project was in partnership with McDonald Funeral Home in Picayune, Miss.
Doug Johnson, chief cardiovascular officer for those departments, said he had read an article a few weeks ago announcing the drive. Although the drive was fast approaching, Johnson said the departments considered it to be a worthy cause and wanted to get involved. He said the response from department members was "instantaneous and incredible."
The project inspired the departments' own charity campaign, "A Warm Heart for our Veterans," organized by Johnson's administrative assistant, Teresa Brannan. The three departments gathered sweaters and coats and delivered them to the funeral home.
"We just thought 'A Warm Heart for our Veterans' would be a nice tie between the Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Specialists services of the clinic in caring for the physical needs of elder veterans," said Johnson.
This winter, the funeral home is delivering dozens of clothes to the Goodwill in Biloxi, Miss., enough to fill an entire van. The delivery will include 30 coats and sweaters from the Hattiesburg Clinic departments. The veterans will be issued vouchers to go and select the clothes they need.
"We want our patients and the general public of South Mississippi to know that the staff members of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Specialists at Hattiesburg Clinic are forever grateful for the protection of our freedoms, and we want to keep them comfortable and warm in their years of retirement," said Johnson.
Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Specialists are located in the main clinic at 415 South 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg. Some department members also offer services through Hattiesburg Clinic-Picayune, located at 128 Highland Parkway Suite 200 in Picayune. Formore information about these services, visit www.hattiesburgclinic.