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“The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.” – Dean Stanley
Each day, I have the privilege of working with many of the donors, volunteers, associates, and leadership who make St. Francis Medical Center and Foundation such an extraordinary place. In this issue of Promise Magazine, I am pleased to highlight just a few of those extraordinary individuals who walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul.
As we put together the articles, the people we interviewed spontaneously referred to quotes from St. Vincent. I think that showcases their deep dedication to our mission – everyone affiliated with the Medical Center shares the vision of ‘extraordinariness.’
When you page through this issue, you’ll read about Dr. Dan and Margie Higgins, who keep our Vincentian values in their hearts when they share their “do the good that presents itself” philosophy. Though they modestly protest, they are certainly extraordinary examples of compassion in action.
Sergio Rivera is another extraordinary individual. In the article on our Career College, you’ll see how he overcame huge odds to enroll in the program and is now working at St. Francis as a vocational nurse. In him, the Vincentian ideal has come full circle.
We also introduce three new members of our Board of Trustees, and, you guessed it. They, too, are extraordinarily committed to the Medical Center’s mission and values.
It’s not just individuals who make such a difference. It is also local companies. In our Business Partners Spotlight, you’ll learn about Superior Grocers, whose commitment to healthy living led to a pledge of support for the Foundation. You’ll also learn about an exciting series of lunch seminars open exclusively to Business Partners.
But there is one extraordinary individual who is no longer with us as I write this. It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Harry Duckworth. Harry was killed in a plane crash on December 8, 2007. With his passing, the Foundation lost a dedicated supporter and a frequent rider in the BMW Charity Ride. In a selfless gesture, Harry’s wife Susan directed that the Foundation be the recipient of all memorials.
This issue is dedicated to Harry and all the other extraordinary people who work tirelessly to make St. Francis Medical Center such a vital resource within the community. It is my great honor to work with so many people who promise to “do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”
Rodney D. Franks