Catching up with Curtis (June ’19)

The latest from Curtis Smith, Corporate Director of Community Engagement.

Summer is finally here! I remember thinking summer was the quiet season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. June certainly was busy, but it’s hard to complain when you love what you do. Every day, I get to impact patients, Parkview co-workers and our community. I am truly blessed!

This past month, I had the pleasure of representing Parkview Health at the VisionWalk, Fortify, the Troy School fundraiser and the Corporate 5K. I was also able to be at the very moving Martin Luther King III event at the Embassy. Of course I had to pay a visit to my friends at Star 88.3.

One of the highlights of June was the opportunity to sit down with some of the great leaders in our community. In preparation for the Global Leadership Summit in August, we are shooting some video interviews, and I have been privileged to hear some incredible men and women talk about the importance of leadership and investing in people.

Thinking about impacting people and the legacy we all leave, has caused me to think about my grandfather. He passed away almost 10 years ago. He was a brilliant man. He had a Ph.D from Michigan and was a professor of anatomy for decades, for a time, in the Ivy League. He made a tremendous impact on the world with his brain, but his real legacy is that he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

My memories of him are of going to baseball games. When I was kid, there was nothing quite like the feeling of grandpa picking me up and taking me to see the minor league team in Memphis. For all his intellect, degrees and awards, I treasure how special he made me feel and how much he loved me and my family. I think it’s a good lesson for me to keep in mind, as I go through my adult life. We can all get caught up in tasks and minor details. These things can consume us at times, but valuing people and placing a priority on others is more important than all of that. I hope that character comes through in my work. I certainly strive for it to.


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