Wellstar Health System has issued the following press release on its partnership with Bee Downtown, an innovative program that will pair beehives with the Wellstar Vinings Health Park in Smyrna.
Marietta, Georgia. (December 14, 2021) – Catalyst by Wellstar, Wellstar Health System’s leading global digital health and innovation hub, today announced a partnership with Bee Downtown to house three beehives at the Wellstar Vinings Health Park in Smyrna, Georgia. , with the first bee colonies entering the hives this week. Wellstar is the first healthcare system to join the Bee Downtown sustainability movement.
As the Wellstar team cares for patients inside Vinings Health Park, Wellstar’s bees will be busy outside creating billions of pollination events, positively impacting a radius. five kilometers around the campus. This initiative will help feed local honey bees and native bees, which are dying at an alarming rate, while also contributing to environmental sustainability. Bees are the world’s largest pollinator and are responsible for pollinating 70 of the world’s 100 major food crops.
In addition to the direct positive impact the bees will have on the Vinings Health Park community, Wellstar plans to donate 150 bee-produced honey jars to Open Hand Atlanta, the largest community-based provider of home meals and services. of Nutrition in the Southeastern United States. The honeypots will be included in the “market baskets” of groceries offered to community members in the metro Atlanta area who are food insecure.
“By providing a home for these beehives, Wellstar is using its physical footprint in Georgia to make a lasting impact on the environment while contributing to the nutrition and health of people in our communities,” said Jaimie Clark, Director, Strategies digital executives and innovation. , Wellstar Health System. “Our goal at Catalyst by Wellstar is to embed practical and sustainable business practices that have a positive and lasting impact as we design the future of healthcare. “
Wellstar Health System is planning an Earth Day celebration in April 2022 to introduce beehives to the community with fun and educational bee-themed activities. Open Hand Atlanta will participate by hosting a cooking demonstration to share how delicious locally produced honey can be incorporated into nutritious meals.
“Open Hand Atlanta has partnered with Wellstar Health System for the past two years to help bring nutrition to those in need in the Metro Atlanta area,” said Matthew Pieper, Executive Director of Open Hand Atlanta . “We are delighted to extend our relationship to include this unique and enjoyable opportunity! “
In addition to the environmental and community benefits of partnering with Bee Downtown, members of the Wellstar team will be able to participate in fun and educational honey camps, beehive tours, beekeeping classes, and of course, enjoy the honey. produced by bees.
“We are very proud to partner with Wellstar, our first healthcare system to join the Bee Downtown Bee team,” said Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, Founder and CEO of Bee Downtown. “At Bee Downtown, we are pleased to work with many of Atlanta’s leading companies to bring sustainable agriculture and employee engagement to their campuses. It is truly an honor that Wellstar is joining this community as well.
Please visit www.wellstar.org/beedowntown to learn more about Wellstar Bees.