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Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - Memorial Hospital Thanks Employees for New Cafeteria

In 2010 The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital launched the I Gave a Day program – a means for employees to donate some of their paid time off hours or monetary amounts in order to help the hospital renovate its cafeteria, Café Bon Vie.

The program was a huge first time success, and employees who chose to give to the cause were able to raise $107,000 in funds toward the $1 million reconstruction and renovation of the new Café Bon Vie, which was completed early this year.  The Hospital Medical Staff supplemented the campaign by making a $20,000 donation to the cause.  The renovated cafeteria includes a comfortable dining area, new cooking stations including a grill and a sandwich-making area, a cooler for desserts and salads and multiple vending machines and drink stations. 

“We are so proud of our employees for literally putting their time and money forth to help make the hospital a nicer place not only for themselves, but for our patients as well,” said Larry Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital.

Employees who donated at least a full work day of paid time off (eight full hours) or the monetary equivalent received an I Gave a Day polo t-shirt, name recognition in Memorial’s employee newsletter, and they have their names engraved on a special glass plaque located in the new cafeteria. 

“This was such a great program for the hospital,” said Leif Pedersen, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy.  “Not only did it help us to improve the facility, but it also shows ‘giving from within,’ which helps meet the criteria necessary for submitting applications for grants in the future so that we can continue the state-of-the-art improvements that we strive to make at Memorial.”

To see the renovations to Café Bon Vie, visit Memorial Hospital on Oak Park Boulevard.  For more information about the I Gave a Day program or the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, call (337) 494-3226 or visit

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