This is a long overdue letter inspired by the “Grateful Patient” Giving brochure at the South Jersey Healthcare Foundation site at sjhfdn.org. In the past, I have always received excellent care at SJH. But this time it was exceptional!
On the afternoon of March 11, I had a heart attack. I was fortunate enough to have a most caring team of emergency room professionals at my side, including Dr. Dean Bebroeker and nurses Magery Ramirez, Beth Manganaro, Melanie Roe and Yolanda Rena. They quickly stabilized me, preparing me for a flight to Philadelphia. Words can’t express my sincere gratitude to them.
Thankfully, I’ve become aware of the “Grateful Patient” category along with many other possible categories of grateful giving.
I’m personally designating a contribution in Honor of Dr. Bebroeker and his ER team to the new Deborah F. Sager Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which now delivers advanced care for South Jersey’s premature, low-birth weight and critically ill infants. But donations of any amount also can be made to the Foundation as well.
I hope anyone reading this who has been provided care at SJH will go to the website to make your own “Grateful Patient” or other tax deductible gift and specifically honor those who made it possible to do so. They will be notified.
In the wise words of Albert Schweitzer, “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action.
Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
Ms. Peggy Simpson