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Eunice Smith Home employees collected almost 150 food items in January for delivery to Crisis Food Center in downtown Alton on Feb. 18. Nick Kessinger (second from left), a daily supervisor at Crisis Food Center, accepted the delivery from (from left) Jody Baalman, Mark Jeffries and Nita Depper of ESH.
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Eunice Smith Home also collected baby items for donation to Parents Now in Bethalto. (From left) Jody Baalman and Kelli Hokamp of ESH, Tara Trent and Jamie Jumper of Parents Now, and Mark Jeffries were present for the donation.
ALTON — Eunice Smith Home has begun a year-long celebration of 50 years of service to the Alton and River Bend community.
ESH, 1251 College Ave. on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus, opened its doors in December 1966 and continues to be a premier provider of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Ellen Hatch, sister of the home’s namesake and co-founder of Alton Memorial Hospital, provided the land for the home to help realize Eunice Smith’s vision of long-term care services on campus in addition to the care provided by the hospital.
The 50-year celebration includes 50 themed monthly events culminating in an open house in early October. The staff members of Eunice Smith Home are undertaking “acts of service” for the community such as a food drive for Alton’s Crisis Food Center in January and baby items for Parents Now in February. Each collection is to be at least 50 items and the goal of these acts is to highlight the relationship between Eunice Smith Home and the community for the past 50 years.
“It’s important for us to maintain our relationship as a member of this community,” said Mark Jeffries, ESH administrator. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than engaging all of our employees to give back to the community where they live.”
Eunice Smith Home, a nonprofit organization, is part of Alton Memorial Hospital and BJC Healthcare. In 2015, BJC entered into an agreement with Bethesda Health Group to manage the home. Bethesda Health Group has 125 years of experience as a nonprofit provider of health care services.