"I give because I have been programmed my whole life to give
back. Not like a “programmed
Stepford wife” or anything that weird but I was programmed in my
upbringing by my parents. Sounds cliché but it’s the bottom line truth.
Both my parents were always involved in community philanthropy, church and school fundraising and volunteerism at work. Growing up it was not uncommon for me to help with a fundraiser or project one of my parents was working on. Raising funds for others and for valuable causes was an expectation. My mom was a stay at home mom who was always engaged in 3-4 schools and a multiple charities. My dad, a CPA, raised funds for many charities, colleges and donated his time, talents and money everywhere he could.
I was always told to “enjoy what you do and where you do it” and “give back to the community you work in”. As a nurse for 33 years I must say I have always loved my job and always felt supporting my workplace in the long run supported the patients I cared for and the team I work with.
I have given in employee giving here at Lankenau for many years not only to support Lankenau but to honor my parents, the values they fostered, and to mentor my son to give back as he moves into adulthood, the workplace and beyond.
To me, giving is just a wonderful way to stay connected to who I am and where I came from….. 'try it you’ll like it!'" ~ Mary Murray, Wound Center
"Why I donate to the Employee Giving Campaign:
"I give because that is what I was brought up to do…I give to Lankenau because it is my home! My doctors, friends and co-workers are here so why wouldn’t I give to make this, in my kids words, the most EPIC Hospital and place to work!" - Christine Donovan, Development
“Without hesitation I give to the annual Employee Giving Campaign. By doing so, I am supporting LMC’s commitment to advancing clinical and bench research which is cutting edge as well as providing a superior patient care experience.” – John Wellenbach, Clinical Business Manager, LIMR
“I give to the Employee Giving Campaign because I am proud to work in such a great hospital system. The contribution helps me to partner with the hospital on programs that are important. The patient care here is excellent.” - Mary Lance-Smith, RN, MSN,CCRN, Nurse Manager
"I give because it makes a difference and I like helping people. I gave to the NICU so that those babies can have a fighting chance." – Karen Fogan, PCT 3 Rosengarten
“Lankenau is my other family and families take care of one
another.” – Sue Kenney, Food and Nutrition
"Ever since I've worked here, I gave here. I knew somehow it was the right thing to do. I never cared which program or specialty or project it went to. I'm not even sure where it went ever even occurred to me…until I saw where it went for real. I saw strangers come in at 3am on a Saturday night to cath my husband just because their beepers went off. I got to stay in a beautiful room with him the night before he went to surgery and watch him sleep. I got to see him get out of bed and into a chair just an hour or so after bypass surgery with a daVinci robot. And I got to see the cardiac rehab therapists build his body and his confidence up enough so that he could go back to competing in triathlons.
And then, I got it. All the co-pays and insurance premiums and payments collected don't cover at all or just a fraction of what got my husband better. On-call programs aren't reimbursable, extraordinary teams of competent, well trained, compassionate professionals aren't a billable service, comfortable accommodations isn't something an insurance company will throw a few bucks at a hospital for, robots and rehab aren't tugging at the heart strings of our biggest payors. Having exceptional programs that are accessible to the community and get people better aren't cheap. And they aren't always "covered". So now, that's why I give. I've gotten so much. I got my husband. My girls will grow up and know their Dad. You can't put a price on that.” - Gail Harrington, RN, MSN
“The Employee Giving Campaign helps move projects forward and it is our responsibility to contribute.” – Robert Christian, Food and Nutrition
"For me, giving back to Main Line Health is much like giving to family. As my employer as well employing other family members, Main Line Health has played a significant role and made it possible for my family to enjoy so many milestones. From college graduations, weddings, births and just recently retirement for my mother after 20 years at Lankenau Hospital, Main Line Health has been there. I am a proud supporter of the Employee Giving Campaign, and I hope that all of my co-workers will make a contribution to ensure continued success!" – Erin DeStefano, Administrative Assistant, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.
"I give to the Employee Giving Campaign because it makes me feel good that I am able to help someone else in the community. I have given to the Community Health Center every year so that they can continue to educate the youth of our Lankenau Medical Center's community." - April Adams, RN, BSN 3 Rosengarten.
"I stand proud as an employee of Main Line Health and feel privileged to put a donation behind it. I have worked here for twenty years and have seen it grow into something that I’m so thrilled to be associated with. I have friends and family that work at other healthcare systems and when we talk, they agree that nothing compares to Main Line Health. Raised locally, when mentioning a Main Line Health facility, they are recognized as staples within the community and again, I’m proud to be a part of the buzz surrounding these hospitals." - Terri Olshefski, Regulatory Coordinator, MLH CCOP, Cancer Clinical Trials.
"My contribution to the Employee Giving Program is both a personal and professional decision. The majority of my fifteen year nursing career has been with Main Line Health, the last five spent here at Lankenau. Lankenau’s commitment to providing quality healthcare and programs to the community inspires me to treat all my patients like they are family members. I encouraged my father to come to Lankenau when he needed surgery. Seven years later he still praises Dr. Goldman and the nursing care he received here. If my small donation helps to ensure the best care available for my family and friends, than I am more than happy to contribute." - Linda Don, RN, Staff Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation.
"I give to Lankenau Medical Center because the care and compassion demonstrated goes beyond the Hospital walls - it is a commitment to wellness of our community." - Laurie Watson, RN, Director of Volunteers and Coordinator, Patient Advocacy Program.
"The reasons that I give to Lankenau are all around me. It’s the patients in our clinic who need care and trust us to provide it; the volunteers who give of their time and even stop to give some of us hugs; my colleagues who work hard to create an environment of care that is both comforting and clinically excellent; and Main Line Health’s total commitment to a superior patient experience. Everyday I’m reminded that I’m a part of something that is larger than I am – giving back is something that I am proud to do." - Patricia A. Nogar, Director, Community Services.
"Donating or being of service should come from the goodness of your heart and should never be something you need to be forced into. The Employee Giving Program makes it so easy and painless to give the question should be “why wouldn’t you give”? If you can help, lend a hand by donating funds to the Employee Giving Program. Never be held back by thinking that your small donation won’t make a difference. Every little bit helps. After all, the ultimate beneficiaries are the patients – because all of this is to improve patient outcomes." - Rick Rey, Network Field Engineer
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