CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Physicians Services employees offer care for their patients every day. But that care doesn’t stop after an office visit, often, these employees seek ways to make a positive impact on the communities they serve outside of offering healthcare services.
Lee Ann Pentek, an insurance and referral specialist at Summit ENT and Hearing Services, said it was an easy choice for her and her colleagues to get involved with the United Way of Franklin County’s food and book drive in January.
The office, along with 31 other Summit Physician Services offices, collected nonperishable foods and lightly used books. Total donations, which were distributed to Franklin County food pantries and community services offices, weighed in at more than 10,195.60 pounds.
“We do not want our patients to leave ENT and feel that no one cares about them outside of when they are in our office,” she explained. “This is such a great way to easily help our patients. We treat the patients the way we would want our own families treated and we would never expect our own families to go without food.”
Pentek said this food drive was special, not only because she had the opportunity to support the community she loves, but because she was able to give back to a cause that helped support her family. After a house fire displaced him, her brother was assisted by several agencies including the local food bank.
“This is why this event was so personal to me, and it brightens my heart to see that Summit has exceeded its goal.”
In addition to the 32 Summit Physicians Services offices that participated, employees from Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital also donated food to the United Way food drive.