Vienna, VA – Dec. 16, 2013 – MicroHealth CEO, Dr. Frank Tucker, announced that the firm was pleased to help sponsor the first ever Ugly Sweater Party held by HIMSS National Capital Area Chapter (HIMSS-NCA) to benefit the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program. The gala event was held on Dec. 11, 2013 and raised over $2,000 in proceeds and toys in a few hours. “As a retired Army officer, I particularly appreciate what the U.S. Marine Corps is doing to help socioeconomically disadvantaged children in assisting them become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens,” said Tucker.

“I’m happy to say that although 2013 was a tough year for MicroHealth, we were able to give to worthy causes like Toys for Tots, hosted by HIMSS National Capital Chapter,” said Claude Hines, MicroHealth COO.   The Toys for Tots program is conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Marine Corps, who provide toys and a message of hope during the holidays for underprivileged children throughout the U.S. Toys and monetary gifts are accepted, and individuals can request a toy for a child through the program’s website.  “It’s an honor to be part of such a great event and have the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause,” said Dr. Page McNall. “The smiles will be felt long after the presents have been opened.”

The famous Toys for Tots logo, designed by Walt Disney in 1948, has become an instantly recognizable symbol of caring The organization has been endorsed and supported by celebrities ranging from John Wayne and Bob Hope to Clint Eastwood and former First Ladies. Founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, the project started with 5,000 gifts in California and distributed more than 16 million toys nationwide in 2012.

HIMSS-NCA supports commercial and federal healthcare information technology and management professionals. The HIMSS-NCA Chapter is an advocate for public policy, working with state and federal government agencies to assist law makers in making effective policy decisions on matters relating to health information technologies.  This was their first ever Ugly Sweater Party for HIMSS-NCA. Tony Meyer, the Vice President of HIMSS-NCA and former employee of MicroHealth can be seen wearing quite possibly the ugliest sweater next to a very sharp dressed Marine supporting Toys for Tots in the article’s event photo.  No one knows who held the first ugly sweater party in the United States, but it quickly became an iconic way to celebrate the embarrassing and unwanted holiday sweater, bedecked with appliques, bells and even Christmas lights. Parties featuring the dreaded garments became popular in the 1980s and the feats are experiencing a comeback as a unique fund-raising opportunity like the HIMSS-NCA event.

MicroHealth’s contribution to the Toys for Tots program is just one of the ways the firm is giving back to the community as part of their corporate social responsibility programs.  MicroHealth is a Center for Veteran Enterprises (CVE) Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that specializes in health information technology and health information management.  MicroHealth  is a self-certified small disadvantaged business pending 8(a) and Virginia certified small disadvantaged minority-owned business. MicroHealth believes health information technology is less about the technology.  It’s about the PEOPLE empowered with information to make better decisions; VALUE it brings to patients, providers, public health and payers; and INNOVATION that help improve patient outcomes. Simply put, MicroHealth places “health” back into health information technology.  This is accomplished through a dedicated team of seasoned health experts including dentists, physicians, health care providers, medical logisticians among many other allied health professionals that help ensure healthcare needs are met using technology as a catalyst.