A Hidden Benefit - March/April 2012
More than 14 years ago, when I sought to become the president here at Good Shepherd, one of my many questions was about the benefits. Of course I was told about medical coverage, vacation, pension. All the basics. But one thing that wasn’t included in the list is something I benefit from every day — the smiles.
You might not think that a rehabilitation hospital would be someplace you’d see many smiles. Yet, it is. We have our wonderful staff, who give so much of themselves far beyond any of their job descriptions, to thank for that. We want people to get better, to gain confidence and go home stronger and happier than when they arrived. Their dedication and genuine caring forges some very close relationships with patients that inevitably bring smiles to everyone’s faces as they work together to achieve common goals.
That’s the human side of what we do. But there’s another vital tool in our toolbox of care that increasingly is playing an important role in our work here, and that’s assistive technology. Assistive technology is any equipment that helps people get through their daily lives as independently as possible. It’s a remarkable field that’s changing all the time and challenging us to stay current with the latest technologies.
In this issue, we’re bringing you some of those stories because your support as donors is essential in keeping Good Shepherd in the forefront of technological advances which ultimately helps advance good outcomes. It is equally important that you join us in helping provide funding to The Conrad W. Raker Educational Endowment so our staff can attend workshops and take classes to further their knowledge.
Assistive technology is benefiting our inpatients and our outpatients, both children and adults, and our residents in so many ways from computers and adaptive switches that let someone like Krista Volk, who has cerebral palsy, e-mail her mother for the first time, to Julian Gonzalez, a teen-ager who suffered a traumatic brain injury and is using his iPad to help with his classroom work.
And did I mention the smiles? Assistive technology holds so much promise and it brings such joy to our patients as their faces light up with delight and discovery.Personally, that’s one of the best benefits of all — for them and for me.
God bless you,
Sally Gammon, FACHE
President & CEO