Letter from the President - May/June 2012
Good news, it seems, is getting harder and harder to come by. Turn on the television, and the dominant theme is often that of violence and tragedy, both at home and abroad. It’s easy to get discouraged, to wonder where the goodness in people lies. I’m here to tell you that there is plenty of good news to be found and you can start right here, in Sweet Charity, which every two months, brings you stories of hope, healing andcompassion.
This issue is no exception. And three of our stories stem from personal hardships where those affected have emerged to share their inspiring messages of strength forged through adversity. You’ll see that when you read about Kim Kostak, who is fighting to recover from a stroke. Her determination combined with our therapists’ expertise and some extraordinary technology, have brought Kim a long way. I think you’ll be uplifted by her spirit to get back to where she wants to be.
Five-year-old Justin Hudsco, who lost his leg in a power lawn mower acciden and was cared for at our pediatric inpatient unit, is back at home with a snazzy new prosthetic leg and adjusting well. His mother says he spends hours playing outside with his friends and is filled with energy. You can’t help but be moved by his story and about the visit he got from Dan Lasko, a retired Marine who lost his own leg while serving in Afghanistan.
A third story, on the John Raker Hudders Endowment, shows endowment funds at work by helping our staff advance their education and share what they learned to improve care of our patients struggling with brain injuries. The endowment is a living legacy of the man after whom it was named, the late Jack Hudders, who was himself a patient on our brain injury unit many years ago. This gift of thanks will give for many years to come.
So you see, there is good news around us, and it’s right here in our community. We never know when sudden illness or tragedy will affect our lives, but we do know that Good Shepherd is here to provide the very best in rehabilitation care. For that, and for all of our donors who support our mission, we can all be grateful.
God bless you,
Sally Gammon, FACHE
President & CEO