Catching up with Curtis (March and April ’19)

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


March is the month when the two aspects of my work life came to a crossroads.  In January, my title and responsibilities for the health system changed, and I am starting to feel like I’ve got the new normal under control. But March is when a lot of events start to show back up. So, in one sense, March was a month of settling into a groove, in another sense, it was “out of the frying pan, into the fire”.

Of course, the good news is that I love my job. Even in the busiest of seasons, I am doing things I enjoy. My work makes me feel like I bring value to our community, and all of it happens under the umbrella of being blessed to work at Parkview. The senior leaders of our health system genuinely care about people, and I am so fortunate to work with them. I spoke with Mike Packnett the other day, and every time I do, I am moved by our conversation. Everything Parkview is starts with Mike and flows through the rest of us.

In terms of activities, March started with me preaching at Garrett Presbyterian Church. It was my fourth time with that lovely congregation. I was also on Star 88.3 three times during March to support them during their partnership drive. It’s one of the many organizations that Parkview supports and I was honored to be on the air with Melissa Montana. I also emceed events for Heart of the City and Concordia High School.

One of the more fun events of the month was the Easter Seals Dancing with the Arc Stars, where I served as “celebrity” judge. Parkview’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeanne Wickens, was one of the dancers and did an amazing job. March ended with me as the keynote speaker at the Huntington University Honor Roll ceremony. It was a busy month – but a good one!


In general, I find spring to be second only to fall for events, and this month gave me plenty of chances to get involved. Among the events I emceed were: Brains for Hope, the Homestead High School Cabaret night, the YMCA Good Friday breakfast (with keynote speaker John Quinones), the Parkview Co-Worker recognition dinner, A Hope Center and Cross Connections.

I want to single out one event in particular: Parkview’s POTS conference. POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) is a syndrome that often flies under the radar, despite that fact that nearly 1 million people in the U.S. live with it. One of the members of my team, Carolyn Moeller, did a wonderful job putting on the conference. We had around 500 people in attendance, and I was honored to be there helping shine a light on this condition.

Speaking of honored, on the first Sunday of the month, I was the guest pastor at Collins United Methodist church in Churubusco. The congregation couldn’t have been any lovelier. This month also allowed me to be on Star 88.3 with my good friend Melissa Montana, and I made my annual appearance at The Parkview Foundations Cookin’ Men, which is always a great time!

One other thing I want to talk about, is our Advance Care Planning team. Like POTS, the subject of end-of-life discussions doesn’t always get the spotlight. Our Parkview team, led by Chris Brinneman, guides people through those tough discussions, so that they and their family members are prepared for difficult decisions. My wife and I are going to go through the process this summer. It’s never a bad idea to be prepared, because you never know when things could drastically change.

One change I would like to see is with this weather we’ve been having, but I can’t do much about that anymore!  


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