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FALL 2010 Connecting Faith and Health; new Center helps heal patients, families and communities I
FALL 2010 Connecting Faith and Health; new Center helps heal patients, families and communities I

FALL 2010

Connecting Faith and Health; new Center helps heal patients, families and communities

I nside the walls of Methodist University Hospital, a connection is being built.

Construction is nearly complete on a revolutionary center where faith and health combine to help in the healing of patients, families and communities. Located in the heart of the hospital, 16,000 square feet are being renovated to create the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health. “This will be a space that is focused on the heart of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s mis- sion – the unconditional care and concern for our patients and families,” said Kevin Spiegel, CEO of Methodist University Hospital. The $2.5 million project will provide patients’ families with a com-

fortable and comforting place to relax, get spiritual care and learn how to take care of the patient once at home. “When families are here because of a loved one, they should be cared for and they should be learning how best to care for their loved one when they return home,” said Gary Gunderson, D.Min., M.Div., senior vice president of Health and Welfare Ministries at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Kelli Owens knows first-hand how much this space is needed. She called Methodist University Hospital’s ICU waiting room home for more than two weeks in 2008 while her husband, Mike, was being treated for an aneurysm and a blood clot.

“I was at the hospital 13 plus hours a day. I

greeted visitors, spent time with friends and family, and helped my children study for tests,” said Kelli. “I had two heating pads attached to extension cords, so I stayed as close to an electrical outlet as I could get. “To state the obvious, if you are in that area, it is due to a major crisis in your life. The stress level is already high. It drains the mind, body and spirit. At a time when you are making major, potentially life-altering decisions, you are doing it in rough circumstances.” The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health will include a Family Care Center. This new area will include resources to provide for and assist with the various needs of patients’ families. The Family Care Center will include a small chapel for all faiths, an outdoor terrace and a dark room for those who want to sleep. The center also features rooms for patient, family and physician consulta-

features rooms for patient, family and physician consulta- Located in the heart of the hospital, 16,000

Located in the heart of the hospital, 16,000 square feet are being renovated to create the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health, a space focused on the heart of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’ s mission – the unconditional care and concern for our patients and families.

tions and an education center where families can either get in-person, one-on-one sessions about how to take care of their patient at home or they can research for themselves on computers. “During the time Mike was in the hospital, I had to meet with his business partners, complete the paperwork to file for disability, and meet with doctors and representatives from various rehab facilities to discuss the next phase of Mike’s recovery,” said Kelli. “Often, these meeting took place wherever we could find an open spot. The thought and vision put into this new space will make a trying situation more bearable.” In addition to the Family Care Center, the Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Innovation Studio is another integral part of the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health. Outfitted

with state-of-the-art technology, the Innovation Studio will welcome volunteers from local congre- gations for trainings to help patient families with spiritual care, end-of-life care, mental health care, first aid and home care in seven-week courses. “It seems as though every detail and conve- nience was considered and planned,” said Kelli. “It will improve the family’s experience, which, in turn, benefits their loved one.” “This space demonstrates our belief that more can always be done not only to treat people but also to impact the quality of life for those in our community,” said Gunderson. “By healing patients and families, we’re ultimately making a difference in the overall health and wellness of the commu- nity,” said Dr. Gunderson.

Methodist Healthcare Foundation welcomed Laura Bush Former First Lady as speaker at annual Cancer Center Luncheon

F ormer First Lady, Mrs. Laura W. Bush, reflected on her life and spoke about her

New York Times #1 best-selling memoir, Spoken From the Heart, at the 9th annual Methodist

Cancer Center Luncheon held on Friday, November 12 at the Peabody Hotel. Born in Midland, Texas, Mrs. Bush studied education and taught in public schools before meeting and marrying George Walker Bush in 1977. She went on to become the First Lady of Texas when her husband was elected Governor,

then First Lady of the United States when her husband was elected President. Throughout her time in the public spotlight, Mrs. Bush was actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights.

A former teacher and librarian, Mrs. Bush is a

strong proponent of education.

and librarian, Mrs. Bush is a strong proponent of education. Mrs. Bush has also worked to

Mrs. Bush has also worked to support human rights. In 2001, she delivered the weekly presi- dential address to call attention to the suffering of women and children under the Taliban. In 2005, she made an historic trip to Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the progress achieved by the Afghan people after the fall of the Taliban regime. An advocate for women’s health, Mrs. Bush has been an active participant in campaigns to raise awareness of breast cancer and heart disease, both in the U.S. and around the world. She has traveled to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Panama to help launch international partnerships for breast cancer awareness and re- search in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Proceeds from this year’s event benefited Methodist Cancer Center.

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hospice

residence

Methodist Hospice Residence scheduled to open Spring 2011

O n November 5, 2009, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare held a groundbreaking ceremony for

Hospice Residence. It would be a place for families and friends to share in the last days

of a loved one’s life. And it would be a home where those with a short time

to live could embrace life to the fullest and have the dignity they deserve during their final stage of life. The residence would be a place open to all regardless of their ability to pay. Now, a year later, and because of the support and generosity of many, this ‘place’ will soon be a reality when Methodist Hospice Residence opens

in Spring 2011.

The new facility will be located on six beautifully wooded acres on

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music and all the comforts of home are encouraged to make each room as close to home as possible. Specialized equipment will allow a number of the rooms to be converted to care for

infants and children. “As well as offering the specialized care that patients who are facing the end of life require, our residence will allow us to continue providing patient- and family-centered care in a loving, supportive, and home-like environment,” said Sally Aldrich, administrator and chief nursing offi- cer for Methodist Affiliated Services, Hospice-Palliative Services. “It will be a special place that will offer our patients and their families the very best of faith, health and compassion during a very special time in their lives.”

“As well as offering the specialized care that patients who are facing the end of life require, our residence will allow us to continue providing patient- and family-

centered care in a loving, supportive, and home-like environment.”

— Sally Aldrich

Quince Road between Messick and Kirby and will feature 30 patient rooms, a conference room, chapel, family gathering area, and a kitchen where families can cook meals. Each patient room will offer comfort- able surroundings to enable patients and families to feel more at ease. Pets, personal mementos, photos,

For more information about Methodist Hospice Residence, call Methodist Healthcare Foundation at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give.

at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give. Be an angel for the holidays; give the gift of
at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give. Be an angel for the holidays; give the gift of
at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give. Be an angel for the holidays; give the gift of
at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give. Be an angel for the holidays; give the gift of

Be an angel for the holidays; give the gift of home and hope to Hospice patients and families

T his holiday season, you can give a priceless gift to a termi-

nally ill patient and his or her family by becoming a Life Angel.

“The Life Angels program allows donors to play a part in the creation of the courtyard’s gardens and pathways,” said Paula Jacobson, president, Methodist Healthcare Foundation. “The courtyard will be a place so full of love, light and beauty that it will touch the lives of those around it.” The facility’s unique design fea- tures rooms with French doors that open onto the garden so patients will be able to enjoy fresh air, sun- shine, and the beauty of the garden area, outside while strolling its winding paths, or from the comfort of their room.

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The facility’s unique design features rooms with French doors that open onto the garden so patients will be able to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and the beauty of the garden area, outside while strolling its winding paths, or from the comfort of their room.

Donors will be recognized on the tree of life, a permanent piece of artwork in the courtyard, displaying their names on beautiful iron leaves.

“Life Angels play a part in each moment shared and every memory that will be made here,” said Jacobson. “Their generosity will be part of every caring smile, comforting touch, and compas- sionate act our patients and families will experience. They will touch and bless so many lives. They truly are angels.”

For more information about becoming a Life Angel, call Methodist Healthcare Foundation at 901-516-0500 or visit www.methodisthealth.org/ give.

The Foundation Focus is printed two times per year. If you would prefer to receive the newsletter via email, please contact Lori Dale at 901-516-0505.

Donations make our work possible. Thank you.

Amazing things are happening here

Dear Friends:

As you may know, I am a runner and have been running for more years than I care to disclose. I’m not particularly fast. In fact, most of the time I plod along, take walk breaks and keep my head down to be sure I don’t trip. Sometimes I race, but most of the time I simply enjoy the camaraderie of my group, or — if running alone — savor the peace and opportunity to think and solve home or work problems. Despite my relatively slow pace, lately I’ve been thinking that I might want to move from running to hiking. I timidly asked my 24-year-old son if he would go hiking in the Smoky Mountains over Labor Day — and he said yes! We spent two days hiking and as novice hikers we were slow and steady. What a difference it was! I noticed everything around me, admired the height of the enormous trees and can still envision the vastness and beauty of the woods. It’s such a different feeling than racing to the next water stop or mile marker. On the surface, the hospital world travels in that faster, keep-your-head- down speed. We measure emergency department wait times and length of stay in hospital and we count time between ED and heart catheterization. But at a deeper level, quality healthcare is as much about those individuals who look straight ahead, around, up and beyond — special caregivers, leaders and donors who really make our hospi- tals work. In this issue, you’ll read about our new Center of Excellence in Faith and Health, set to open in January. This sacred space, which will provide care and training to the families of our patients, took on new meaning last week when we took some special guests on a tour. We invited the families of two patients who had recently spent countless days and nights in a cramped waiting room. Kelli Jones spoke of the weeks in the ICU waiting room where she held a vigil for her husband with their three children and countless visitors. She could see that the new light, open space will pro- vide a completely different experience, even in crisis. Last week we also recognized past Methodist Healthcare board chair Mike Sturdivant and awarded him the first Life Inspiration Award. As almost 100 of his family and closest friends gathered, we recognized him for decades of service to Methodist. His vision led to the original purchase of Germantown Hospital and his generosity has helped renovate the Intensive Care Unit at that site. I think I’m going to like hiking — in fact, I am considering a very special hike as a celebration of a major birthday that occurs next year. It will be a good time to take it slow, look around and notice the amazing world around me. As we enter the holiday season, I hope you will cherish and appreciate your friends, your family and all of the people you care about. We are grateful for you and all that you do for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

All the best,

care about. We are grateful for you and all that you do for Methodist Le Bonheur

Paula Jacobson

inspiration

Mike P. Sturdivant Receives the Inaugural 2010 Life Inspiration Award for his Wisdom, Encouragement and Generosity

Award for his Wisdom, Encouragement and Generosity An organization’s vision and success is due in large

An organization’s vision and success is due in large part to its current leaders standing on the shoulders of their predecessors. This is certainly true at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Methodist has been blessed with many great board leaders throughout its nearly 100 years of service. For that reason, in collaboration with the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, The Life Inspiration Award was established recently to pay tribute to former board lead- ers. This award will be given annually to a former board member who has provided exemplary wisdom, encour- agement and generosity to the mission of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Make Your Wishes

Known And Make a

Difference at the

Same Time

Your Wishes Known And Make a Difference at the Same Time Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb presented Mr. Mike P. Sturdivant with the award at a reception in his honor in October. Mike served on the Board of Directors from 1979 until 1994. He was Chairman twice – from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1990 to 1993. “Mike’s wisdom, warm encouragement and tremen- dous generosity have blessed Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for many years and I am thrilled that we are honoring him with the inaugural Life Inspiration Award,” said Shorb. Many thanks to Mike and his family for their support and commitment to the mission and work of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Include Us in Your Will

and Make a Lasting

Impression

Including us in your will and making a bequest is one of the simplest ways to remember what you care about most—

while keeping your assets available to you throughout your lifetime. An unre- stricted direct bequest—included in your will or living trust—of a certain sum of money, a percentage of your estate or a particular asset preserves your wishes forever and betters our tomorrow. We are available to provide you with more information on gifts that fit your financial and philanthropic goals. Please contact us at:

Methodist Healthcare Foundation

W. Steven West, Sr. Vice President,

Community Benefit and

Sr. Legal Advisor, Special Projects

1211 Union Avenue, Suite 410 Memphis, TN 38104 email: wests@methodisthealth.org phone: 901.516.0500

Mike Conley, First Tennessee and AutoZone are Helping to Build the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis

M emphis has one of the largest populations of Sickle Cell patients in the country. But today,

their only available option during a Sickle Cell crisis is a frustrating wait in a local emergency room. We can solve and eliminate this huge gap in our local healthcare by building a place for patients to turn in times of crisis. Passionate healthcare leaders, philanthropists, and citizens are working together to create such a place—the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis. Grizzlies superstar Mike Conley joined the effort and hosted his 3rd annual Bowl-n-Bash on Saturday, September 18, with all proceeds benefiting the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis. Conley and his fellow Grizzlies, Sam Young and Hasheem Thabeet, took a break from the court and gathered at Bartlett Bowling Lanes for a

the court and gathered at Bartlett Bowling Lanes for a fun-filled day of bowling, games, and

fun-filled day of bowling, games, and prizes. Sickle Cell is an issue that hits close to home for Mike Conley; with two cousins with the disease, he was eager to support the cause. Several teams and sponsors came together at the Bowl-n-Bash to help break the sickle cycle and celebrate what the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center has accomplished so far. Many thanks to the volunteers, players, and sponsors that helped make this year’s Bowl-n-Bash a huge success! Other local corporate neighbors have joined in the effort to break the sickle cycle by donating generously to help build the Center. AutoZone has committed $50,000 and First Tennessee Foundation has committed $100,000. We are grateful to our donors who are helping to make this effort a reality. To learn more about the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis or to give, visit www.sicklecellmemphis.org or call Mark Yancy at 901-516-0508.

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Born and bred: He was born and grew up in Memphis, graduating from Memphis University School in 1967.

Learning: He earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from The University of Virginia and an MBA from The University of Texas.

Methodist genes:

His great-grandfather,

John Sherard, founded the

hospital. A devout Methodist, he

was a North Mississippi farmer who came to Memphis to visit his pastor when he was in the charity ward of a hospital. “He thought ‘The church needs its own hospital.’ My mother has been involved since the hospital started. There’s a saying that you would often hear around family gath- erings - ‘Never sell your land and always love the Methodist Hospital.’ Some of us have sold the land. But the second part of that saying has never changed.”

What he does: He took a position with the Morgan Keegan Trust in 1999 and served as its first presi- dent until 2004. Today, he serves as managing director in the Private Client Group.

Good works: He served his first term on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation from 2002 to 2008, and served a stint as the board chair during that time. He re-joined the board in June of 2009.

Making change: “Projects won’t get done unless money is raised. We went through a process of identifying the strategic visions of the hospital and the foundation.”

Elbow grease: “It took us a year. I thought it was very important that this board, which had never acted in any fundraising capacity before, didn’t take on more than we could handle and that we could be suc- cessful. We took a crack at raising funds for the hospice and that worked. We got involved with the

neuroscience center. Now our main project is the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health.”

Medicine without walls: He’s excited by the promise of the Congregational Health Network and says that when it’s fully realized it will provide prevention, guidance into the healthcare system and follow-up care after patients are released. “Gary Gunderson has revitalized the whole mission of the hospital. He’s taken the service of the hospital outside the walls so it’s not just a place where a patient comes when they are sick but connects with their whole life through their church. That’s something I strongly agree with and identify with. This CHN is going to be a great benefit to many people who are underserved by the healthcare system. I’m thrilled and excited by what he’s doing and the network he’s building.”

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