Stories are powerful

Don’t scroll down without reading the instructions in the next sentence. 

Try this experiment:  Look at the list of 16 things below for 30 seconds, don’t read anything on the page below the list.  Turn away from your computer after 30 seconds and try to write down as many items as possible.

1) 3       2) Marilee     3) 72        4) Melons      5) Amused       6) Not        

7) Bottle        8) Open        9) Cop     10) Seat    11) Sitting      12)Dodge      

13)Dwarf     14) Walked      15) Green        16) Wine

Now make your list.  There are 16 items, how many did you remember after studying them for 30 seconds.  If you remembered 8 or more you did GREAT.

Now read this story:

As the Cop Walked up to Marilee’s 72 Dodge, He saw 3 Green Melons, A Dwarf, And An Open Bottle Sitting In The Front Seat.  He Was Not Amused.

Now, how much do you remember…it’s more and you want to know more.  A story is powerful, a story draws you in and a story leaves an impression.

“Stories have a unique power to persuade and motivate, because they appeal to our emotions and capacity for empathy” – From “The Secrets of Storytelling:  Why we love a good yarn”  Scientific American Mind, September 18, 2008

Stories are powerful and that’s why Deanna Hendrich, GVMH Foundation Director, wants to hear your story.  If you have a story about a special patient or a great patient outcome, please share it with her.  Deanna is working to identify a patient who is willing to share his/her story and be featured in a “Grateful Patient Video” to help promote the great work of our foundation.  You can contact Deanna at 890-7108 or

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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