No Greater Gift - March/April 2013
My retirement from Good Shepherd this summer will soon be here and the old adage of having so much to do in so little time is certainly true! Somehow though, in the middle of helping the organization transition, I’m able to reflect on some wonderful achievements made possible with my colleagues and others in the community.
I am especially proud of our pediatric inpatient unit in Bethlehem. Over and over again, parents have expressed their gratitude for the convenience of our services and the many “miracles” that have been wrought.
One inspiring dimension of care is evident in the life of 16-year-old Tamisha Walker, profiled in this issue’s cover story. Tamisha, who has had cerebral palsy since infancy, came to us following significant surgery last year. She wasn’t progressing well with home therapy and needed another level of care. She found it at our pediatric unit and I’m happy to say, she’s coming along beautifully.
And it is thanks to philanthropists, like Linny Fowler and her husband Beall, that we are able to help the Tamishas of our community. Linny passed away on February 4, but this quiet angel will be remembered for the selfless way she gave of not only her fortune, but her heart.
Our community also lost a remarkable spirit when Inez Donley died on January 27. Inez and Ed Donley have been passionate in their support of programs and services benefiting children. Like the Fowlers, they made a gift to Good Shepherd creating a pediatric endowment that will touch countless lives for generations to come. Inez was gracious in her giving and an elegant role model in living life with purpose.
I am humbled to have known Linny and Inez. And I am further humbled by the deep commitment to compassionate care my colleagues throughout the entire organization practice each and every day. I could ask for no greater parting gift than to know that their work will continue, thanks to donors like the Fowlers and Donleys, and donors like you.
Sally Gammon, FACHE President & CEO