Catching up with Curtis (October ’18)

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

October is always an eventful month for me. Over the last 30 days, I’ve emceed or spoken at more than 20 events. It keeps me busy season, but I love it.  I get to connect with and help so many wonderful organizations. Among them this month: Star 88.3, Associated Churches, The Crossing school, Fort Wayne Soup, Blackhawk Ministries, Bridge of Grace, the YMCA, Give Hear and Four:10 Ministries.

Perhaps the most notable opportunity was the tremendous honor of being named one of the five inaugural honorary commanders at the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana National Guard. I will be the honorary commander of their medical group for the next two years, and it was humbling and surreal to be sworn in to that post. At one point, I leaned over to Judge Wendy Davis, one of the other honorees, and said “I don’t deserve this,” and she told me she felt the exact same way.  Those men and women sacrificially serve our country, and I am thrilled to be associated with them.

I also had a chance to be a guest preacher at Garrett Presbyterian Church. This always feels like the highest honor. It’s daunting to open the Bible and preach from it. It feels weightier than the things I do most days, but it is an unspeakable privilege.

Here at Parkview, for the third year in a row, I was the emcee of our internal “Shark Tank” competition for innovation. It is such a fun event, and I think it’s so cool how Parkview encourages people to think outside of the box to develop ways to help people.

In addition to all of the events, the work of serving our patients and community on behalf of Parkview continues. There are constantly new developments and initiatives. Suffice it to say, I am excited about the way Parkview invests in people, and I think the future of this health system is very bright!


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