EMMC is a big place and we often find visitors and patients in need of directions. Karen Prescott, director, physician practice, anesthesia professional services and Emergency Department professional services, came across one such individual and, demonstrated our caring behaviors by helping the woman in need. This story, however, is not so much about the journey, but the compassion shown upon reaching the destination.
Karen, returning to her office in Webber East, noticed a middle-aged woman who clearly was in need of directions. After a short discussion, Karen found that the woman had just received word from her surgeon that she was still cancer free after 13 years, which was wonderful news. The woman was now in search of “that nice restaurant” for a bite to eat. Karen soon realized that the woman was searching for the cafeteria. As they walked, Karen learned that the woman had a second appointment much later in the day, but was currently staying in a homeless shelter and did not want to walk all the way there only to return later. As the woman reviewed the cafeteria prices to find something she could afford, Karen’s compassion led her to buy the woman’s breakfast, later saying it was the best three dollars she had spent in her life. Karen then returned to her office to find meal vouchers for the homeless woman so she could buy lunch before her next appointment.
We often find times when a little compassion goes a long way. Karen found that, by taking a little extra time with a visitor, she could make a difference in the person’s life. For showing great compassion to our patients, Karen has been awarded a Splash by her co-workers, EMMC’s highest honor.
The Moral of the Story:
1. “Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts.“
2. “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
3. An ocean wave crashing on the rocks does not intend to call attention to itself, but a splash of such power and beauty is worthy of notice.