Hayes Arboretum recognizes Reid Health Community Benefit with award

October 9th, 2017

Reid Health’s Community Benefit program was recognized for its donations to Hayes Arboretum at the Arboretum’s annual dinner. The Ronald L. McDaniel Charitable Giving award was established in 2016 to recognize special donors.

Steve Hayes Jr., Ronald McDaniel, Reid Health Vice President Billie Kester, Community Benefit Specialist Angela Cline and Steve Hayes Sr.

From left: Steve Hayes Jr., Ronald McDaniel, Reid Health Vice President Billie Kester, Community Benefit Specialist Angela Cline and Steve Hayes Sr.

The Reid Health Community Benefit recognition is the result of grant approvals to support the Arboretum’s Outdoor Playscape, a family-friendly space with areas to explore, play and connect with nature. The program qualified for Community Benefit funding because of its impact on promoting exercise and health.

“Reid Health is truly a pillar of our community. Reid Health Community Benefit does so much good for so many people,” said Steve Hayes Sr., President.  “Through this award, we’re expressing the greatest of gratitude to Reid Health Community Benefit for their substantial funding of our Playscape.

Billie Kester, Reid Health Vice President of Continuum of Care, said Reid “is honored to receive the Ronald L. McDaniel Award for Charitable Giving. The natural Playscape provides another opportunity to interest the community in physical activity and outdoor recreation, which is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

The award is presented by Mr. McDaniel at the Annual Dinner for Hayes Arboretum, the primary project of the Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation. The dinner has become an event to acknowledge the people and organizations tied most closely to the success of the Arboretum.

Mr. McDaniel, a Richmond native, has invested nearly 60 years of his life in involvement with the Hayes Family, spanning four generations starting with employment at Hayes Track Appliance Company in 1957. He formed his own foundation in 1995 in the Chicago area with a goal to support charitable causes that improve the quality of life for thousands of people.

He has served on the Board of Stanley W. Hayes Research Foundation since 1998 and has held the position of Treasurer for over 10 years. He gives generously of his time, talents and financial support.

Reid Health Community Benefit grants, along with specific outreach and other requirements to meet the system’s not-for-profit status have put more than $146 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health’s governing board reviews grant requests, which are awarded twice a year as part of the health system’s efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted every three years and identifies critical needs in the communities Reid serves. The 2017-2019 CHNA is focused on three areas: Substance Abuse & Mental Health, Access to Health Services, and Exercise, Nutrition and Weight.

The first Arboretum McDaniel award in 2016 was given to the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation for continued support that included providing substantial funding to build a tunnel under the property in an ecologically sound manner so the east side could be more open and accessible to the public.