Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV.
I was reading an article the other day that talked about generosity. The article talked about how generosity affects everyone around us. The authors stated that being generous leads us to perceive others more compassionately as we typically find good qualities in people to whom we are kind. Being generous also helps us appreciate and feel grateful for our own good fortune; being generous boosts our self-image; it helps us feel useful and gives us a way to use our strengths and talents in a meaningful way. Being kind can start a chain reaction of positivity; being kind to others may lead them to be grateful and generous to others, who in turn are grateful and kind to others.
At the Highland Companies, we practice generosity every day. As I watch staff stay late to help a patient, or bring clothes from home for someone who has little, or cover a shift for a peer, or donate money when a staff member is in need, I know we are a generous family. Our sponsorship and support of community events, and our participation as volunteers in activities, boards, and committees across the state demonstrate our spirit of generosity each day.
We have been doing a lot of thinking about how we can use our generosity to further assist our patients, their families and our communities. To that end, I’d like to introduce you to a new addition to our organization, Ms. Gail Carter, who is the new Development Officer for our Highland Hospital Foundation. As our first staff member totally dedicated to the growth of our Highland Hospital Foundation, Gail has come into our organization with new and fresh ideas, a network of people who want to use their generosity to help us, and plans to involve everyone in furthering the mission of the Foundation, which of course is to further the mission of our hospital to provide quality behavioral health services for the children, adolescents and adults we care for each day.
Gail is busily working on organizing our Foundation records, touching base with our donors, and establishing programs that will assist donors who would like to help particular parts of our organization to flourish. Most imminently, Gail is working to gather golfers to participate in the Star Federal Credit Union Golf Tournament to be held May 16, 2014 at Little Creek Golf Course. Star Federal Credit Union is generously donating the proceeds of this tournament to support our Child and Adolescent Services. Gail has already begun work putting together a committee of volunteers to assist with the planning of our Highland Hospital Gala, which will be held this year in November 22, 2014, and will kick off our 60th year celebration for Highland Hospital which will occur in 2015. Gail is also coordinating our first Foundation scholarship, in memory of Candy Poling and Chael Pauley, which will be awarded this spring to one of our staff who is furthering their nursing education. This scholarship has been generously funded by our Highland community and supporters, and Candy’s friends and family. Details on all of these events can be found on our website.
The Foundation is depending on the generosity of those in our community who want to assure that we will be around for a long time providing high quality behavioral health services. We are counting on Gail to develop and lead new ways to engage our community in our mission, but that engagement takes each and every one of us as volunteers and participants. So, if you are someone with an idea, a generous donor who would like to make a difference in the life of our patients and families, or a volunteer who would like to generously donate your time to helping us support our mission, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Gail at the Highland Hospital Foundation at email@example.com. We are counting on your generosity!