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January: Message from the President – Stephen B. McPherson

January 1, 2012

The new year is often a time of resolutions and reflection. Last month, in cooperation with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Southwestern Connecticut, Masonicare co-sponsored a “Tree of Life” ceremony in Stamford. This annual event is designed as a remembrance of those who have passed away and is symbolized by the lighting of a holiday tree. The homily for the evening was provided by Rev. Dr. Bob Childs, our Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator at Masonicare Home Health’s Norwalk Office. As he reflected on the light that those who have passed left in our hearts, Rev. Childs asked each of us to reflect on the light that will be our legacy when we leave this earth. It was a thoughtful and sobering moment of reflection: how have our lives enriched those of others?

At each Masonicare affiliate, we are privileged to “help, aid and assist” each and every day. This opportunity is a welcome responsibility, and we receive many acknowledgements for our efforts. A long-term care resident at Masonicare Health Center recently referred to the staff there as the “angels on the hill” for the care she has received. She added, “Who would ever think that I made the best decision of my life to come here? Everyone at Masonic has love, and a special touch that you can feel deep inside.”

Another real-life example is one of our employees who is struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis. She wrote to me of her appreciation for the way her co-workers have rallied to support her monetarily, as well as how they adjusted schedules so as to not interrupt patient care as she tries to manage her own care scheduling needs.

People caring for people. That is Masonicare’s legacy going back to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Since that time, Masonicare has provided a light for those in need. As we begin 2012, we embrace the everyday challenges of making a difference in people’s lives along with the broader challenges of a changing world and health care reform.

With your support, our commitment remains steadfast: to provide a light of hope for those in need. Happy New Year and thank you for helping us deliver our mission to “help, aid and assist.”