As I’ve said many times before in this blog, we are in the business of saving lives. The work we do and the care we give is fulfilling and we provide great care to all patients without any expectation of thanks or acknowledgment. We are health care providers and it’s our calling to help others.
We hear thank you from our patients every day and the thanks we get is very meaningful and it keeps us engaged. I would like to share a story about a family who was affected by our services and have created a lasting legacy for a loved one through our foundation.
This past Sunday I, along with Jettie Bailey, Director Wound and Ostomy Services, and Kathy Hill, GVMH Foundation Director, met with the Larry Orfield Family to accept a $3,000 gift for the GVMH Foundation.
Larry Orfield received care in our Wound and Ostomy Clinic while battling cancer. Sadly, in 2007, Larry lost his battle but his family took it upon themselves to create a legacy by donating funds to the Wound and Ostomy Clinic in order to help others.
Larry had great insurance and all of his ostomy supplies were covered but he, and his family, recognized that not everyone was as fortunate. Each year, on Larry’s birthday, friends and family donate money in Larry’s memory to the GVMH Foundation. The funds help pay for ostomy supplies for those who do not have insurance or can not otherwise afford the supplies they need.
Just two days prior to this year’s donation a patient who had just gone off Medicaid because he was fortunate enough to find a job, but not yet eligible for insurance through his employer, received ostomy supplies paid for by funds donated by friends and family of Larry Orfield. The supplies cost about $150 per week and, as you can imagine, that amount of money adds up fast when paying out-of-pocket. In many cases patients simply can’t afford the supplies they need so they don’t buy them and their condition worsens. In the case of this patient he was able to get the supplies he needed and he is enjoying a much better quality of life.
Another patient needed a hernia support belt but could not afford the purchase out-of-pocket. Fortunately, funds donated by Larry’s friends and family paid for the belt and these supplies literally saved his life.
Larry’s story is touching and his family and friends miss him every day but his legacy continues. Larry’s family has gone to the work of creating and selling a cookbook full of Larry’s favorite recipes and the funds from the sale of the cookbook as well as donations in Larry’s honor are given to the foundation and kept in a restricted fund in order to help others.
I would like to thank the Orfield Family for honoring Larry by helping others. We are fortunate to work in a place and live in a community where we are appreciated for what we do. We are honored and humbled that the care we provide inspires others to give and do what they can to help others.
Tomorrow I’ll share the story of a family who has been touched by another one of our services and has decided to give of themselves to show their appreciation.