Now that’s what we call pulling to­gether

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Here at Out­liers’ na­tional head­quar­ters, we see a daily flood of news re­leases pro­mot­ing hos­pi­tals’ well-in­tended com­mu­nity events. Once in a long while, a word or phrase reaches out and de­mands an item be writ­ten about. Like “truck pull.”

Cen­te­gra Health Sys­tem, based in the far north­west Chicago sub­urb of McHenry, is invit­ing teams of 12 to pull a trac­tor-trailer 75 feet with their bare hands. (The truck is supplied by health­care-sup­ply maker Sage Prod­ucts, based in nearby Cary, Ill.) The May 23 event is a fundraiser for the men­tor­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of McHenry County, hosted at the Cen­te­gra Health Bridge Fit­ness Cen­ter in Hunt­ley, Ill.

One might won­der if this is a ruse to drum up busi­ness re­pair­ing torn lig­a­ments and her­nias. The same com­pe­ti­tion last year, though, went off with­out a hitch, so to speak, and raised $18,000 for the cause, says a spokes­woman, who as­sures us med­i­cal staff will be on hand just in case.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mod­ern Health­care li­brary, this is the first time “truck pull” has ap­peared in the mag­a­zine, or at least since we started ar­chiv­ing sto­ries elec­tron­i­cally. Thank you, Cen­te­gra.

Cen­te­gra Health is hop­ing its fundraiser has a lot of pull for the Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of McHenry County (Ill.).

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