Catching up with Curtis (November ’18)

Enjoy this monthly post from Curtis Smith, director, Community Outreach.

Well, we are fully into the Christmas season now, with November moving into our rear view mirrors. Every month, I talk about how surprised I am at the pace of life, but it seems especially true around the holidays.

This month, even with Thanksgiving signaling the end of the event season, I was able to emcee a number of events for organizations like Ivy Tech, The Carriage House, Blackhawk Christian School and Hope Alive. I was honored to be invited back for a third appearance as a guest preacher at Wayne Center United Methodist Church in Kendallville, and I played a role in Brightpoint’s poverty simulation.

One of my favorite activities this month was the Parkview Pediatric Obesity Symposium. A group including Parkview team members Kylee Bennett, Carolyn Moeller, Morgan England, and many others put together a tremendous evening of information and practical advice for dealing with something that has become quite the epidemic in our communities. I love how Parkview is always thinking outside of the box to move the needle on health issues such as this one. Our health system is not simply a group of hospitals, but rather a true health system, investing in the lives of people with the goal of improving physical, mental and spiritual health. It is an honor to work for this organization.

One of the reasons I love working for Parkview so much is Sue Ehinger, our Chief Experience Officer and my boss. Sue is retiring at the end of the year, and this month, I emceed her retirement party. I was also privileged to sit down with her for an extended interview, which will appear, along with a tribute I wrote to her, on Parkview’s social media channels next week. I hope you will take the opportunity to join us in reflecting on this woman’s tremendous career and inspiring approach to leadership.

Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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