Serving with Heart
Serving with Heart is a special recognition for members of the CHI family who make extraordinary, heroic efforts to serve the needs of patients, colleagues, neighbors, strangers or entire communities, either where they live or in other places where they are needed.
Here are some examples of Serving with Heart recipients and their inspiring expressions of the CHI spirit in service to others:
HIV/AIDS has created a trail of destruction in Africa, and many adults have died because of the disease. Left behind are orphaned children…young, struggling to survive, and in many cases, carrying the responsibility of parenting younger siblings. In August 2012, CHI’s Deanna Curry, RN, and her husband, Jim, spent three weeks working in Zimbabwe as volunteers with Strong Cross Ranch, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides spiritual reconciliation and humanitarian relief to impoverished areas throughout the world. (Read her story)
About five years ago, Marcus Bouma, RN, heard something interesting on the radio. Kathy Holmgren and her daughter Calla, both nurses, were talking about their work on a 2006 medical mission trip to the Congo. The trip took place while Kathy’s husband and Calla’s father, Mike Holmgren, was coaching the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. (Read his story)
- Mary Beard, RN, realized her long-time dream of opening a free clinic in Conway, AR, where she was born. She purchased a building; recruited physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, technicians and administrative support staff to volunteer their time; and learned to make the most of all the health care and pharmaceutical assistance programs she can find. Today, her clinic serves more than 650 people a year. (Read her story)
- Trekking to the climbers’ base camp on Mt. Everest is a tremendous challenge even for the fittest of athletes. For 14 cancer survivors from Iowa, it was an impossible dream come true. Led by oncologist Richard Deming, MD, the survivors ran the world’s highest-ever Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, at 17,590 feet. (Read his story)
Learn more about our Serving with Heart heroes.