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December: Message from the President – Stephen B. McPherson

December 1, 2011

It’s hard to believe that at this time a year ago, I was reflecting on what those who were newly elected in Hartford and Washington might bring to future of healthcare, especially as it relates to the vulnerable population we care for. I even was so optimistic as to suggest there might be cooperation that would benefit the populations served by Masonicare.

Unfortunately, the situation seems to be at an impasse, and no one knows how it will turn out.

So – as we head into the holiday season – you may wonder, where are the glimmers of hope? Well, here are some I’d like to tell you about.

~ Despite the unprecedented “nor’easter” that knocked out power to most of our state, Masonicare employees came through with flying colors. They didn’t miss a beat – caring for patients, covering their shifts, making home visits as needed. Our home health workers at Masonicare Home Health & Hospice and Masonicare Partners went to great lengths to complete their visits – making their way through barely passable streets and even tracking patients down in shelters to check on them.

~ Our campus in Newtown opened its doors – for the second time in 2 months – to Newtown residents wishing to take a hot shower as the town struggled with another week-long power outage. More than 500 people gratefully availed themselves of the offer. Thanks to our back-up generator, many lingered in our facility just to keep warm.

~ Over the next few weeks, if you stop in the lobby at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, you will be greeted by a dazzling array of holiday trees — each individually decorated by Masonicare employees. These will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to The Masonic Charity Foundation’s “Holiday Appeal” which underwrites the cost of gifts and holiday festivities for the long-term care residents at Masonicare Health Center and Masonicare at Newtown. Even if you’re not in a position to make a bid, stop in anyway and treat yourself to this visual delight.

~ At both our facilities, many holiday parties and special programs, many of them spiritual, will take place to make sure our patients and residents experience the fullness of the season.

And, speaking of parties, appreciation parties were held throughout our continuum in late November to thank our employees for going “over and above” during and after the October 30 storm.

So, wherever the holidays find you this year, may you and those you hold dear find glimmers of hope and faith around you. From all us at Masonicare, thank you for helping us deliver our mission to “help, aid and assist.”