Off days are a rare treat for a professional athlete. The calendar is filled with training, film sessions and matchdays. The Philadelphia Union are on hiatus this week, but back in action May 11 against the LA Galaxy at Talen Energy Stadium. The time off has given the club a chance to get away from the facility.
Sebastien Le Toux, Brian Carroll and Ray Gaddis spent their day off visiting Crozer-Keystone Health System hospitals and outpatient centers in the area as a part of National Hospital Week, which begins May 8. National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. It is an opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals including physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers and administrators for their contributions.
“It’s great to be able to show our appreciation for those who do so much for their community,” Carroll said. “I really enjoy visiting with the staff here. They do a tremendous job of making us feel welcomed.”
Along with visiting staff and patients at their respective centers, each player signed autographs, posed for photos and enjoyed a meet and greet with those passing through the lobby. The Crozer-Keystone Health System is an official Keystone partner of the Philadelphia Union and the relationship is ongoing.
Carroll visited the Springfield Hospital as well as Crozer Brinton Lake. Gaddis and Le Toux spent time at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Crozer-Keystone at Broomall, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Taylor Hospital.
“Last time I was here was around Christmas time,” Le Toux said. “I love coming around and see familiar faces in the staff. They’re always very nice and it’s a good time for everyone.”
While he was at the Crozer location, Le Toux visited the burn unit where he spent time talking with the staff and understanding more of what goes on. Patient care secretary Kathy Hall was thrilled to have Le Toux visit and spend time on her floor.
“It’s a very nice thing for the players to come to a hospital and especially this unit that’s very secure,” Hall said. “It brightens up the staff and the patients. It’s a nice touch to make everyone happy.”
This isn’t the last time Union players will see the good people of Crozer-Keystone Health System. Saturday, Sept. 10 is Crozer-Keystone and Premier Orthopaedics night at Talen Energy Stadium when the Union take on conference foe Montreal Impact.
The bond between these two organizations is great not only for the people who are involved, but the community as well. The Philadelphia Union and the Crozer-Keystone Health System are working together to make a difference for their patrons.