Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV
Last night, the Highland Hospital Foundation had a wonderful event to support our new programming at Highland Hospital—it was our 8th annual Inside the Huddle with Tony Caridi. While we were all enjoying a tailgate party with great food, fun games, Tony’s amazing talk about the WVU forecast for football and basketball next year, and even better fellowship, I couldn’t help but think about how lucky we are to be in this community.
We are lucky for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, we are lucky in a community of this size to be able to sustain a free standing psychiatric hospital for 60 years. In this day and age of healthcare challenges and changes, we are especially lucky to be able to offer the highest quality psychiatric health care services in our very own community. There are not many communities of our size who have these services so readily available. And, while we don’t think we will ever need the services of Highland Hospital, when we or our family does need them, how lucky are we that they are here?
Next, at Highland, we are lucky that we have so many supporters of our hospital. Last night, our sponsors showed how much they appreciate us, not only through their generous sponsorship dollars, but by inviting their staff to join in our event and to understand our mission as well. In addition, we are so lucky to have our donors who donated everything from baskets to bowls and everything in between to be auctioned last night. I was outbid on my item, so I know there were some hot commodities that we were lucky enough to have!
We have to feel lucky about the 225 people who came out to participate in and offer support to our event and our hospital. Through the purchase of a ticket to hear about next year’s WVU football and basketball outlook from Tony Caridi, they showed how much they care not only about our state and our sports teams, but about Highland Hospital.
And finally, we are so lucky to have so many volunteers, staff, and board members who worked to get last night ready, and to make it a success. Whether they were prepping before the event, helping to sell tickets, spreading the word, or working the night of the event, we were lucky to have them. And, one final thanks to Gail Carter, our Development Officer extraordinaire, who works tirelessly to make sure that we have the support we need in this wonderful community. So, while we say a great big thank you to everyone involved, we also say that we at Highland are lucky indeed!