LEAD Speaker Dr. Sam Ross
On July 22 about 50 Catholic Charities colleagues gathered at the Loyola Graduate School in Timonium to hear Dr. Sam Ross, the CEO of Bon Secours Hospital, speak about leadership as part of the Agency’s LEAD Speaker series. Dr. Ross spoke about his responsibilities, including the management of the Bon Secours Hospital, as well as oversight of a variety of community outreach efforts that include affordable housing for seniors and families, job readiness, GED programs and community green initiatives.
Speaking about his journey to Baltimore, he talked about being a young man growing up in Texas and dreaming to become “the black Marcus Welby,” a 70’s television show about a family physician who returned to his hometown, finding success as well as a sense of purpose. Dr. Ross did realize his dream becoming a family physician in private practice. But, he soon realized that he had a much different calling, one that would take him to Parkland Hospital in Dallas as Chief Medical Officer before becoming CEO of Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore.
He described the decision to come to Baltimore as a difficult one. Dr. Ross explained that he had never lived outside the state of Texas. Leaving his parents and grown children behind was hard, but he was drawn to the mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours which emphasizes caring for patients needs with quality and compassion.
But, Ross was impressed by the impact, beyond health care, that Bon Secours has on the surrounding community. He likened the community outreach effort made by the hospital as consistent with the concept of Community-Oriented Primary care promoted by Dr. Sidney Kark of South Africa. Dr. Kark built facilities to address the social determinants affecting the poor, as Bon Secours hospital has done in West Baltimore.
He spoke about listening to people in the community talk about the importance of “getting rid of rats and trash” in their community. Ross described how the hospital responded to the community by helping the community eliminate houses that could not be redeveloped and use the lots for community gardens. Ross affirmed that the effort by Bon Secours to reach out to the community is an extension of the Sisters’ mission of healing, compassion and liberation.
Dr. Ross was both eloquent and passionate about his work. Yet, he spoke directly to the hearts of the audience in an unassuming and humble manner. All of those in attendance could feel that this was the same way he spoke to everyone, regardless of their position or status. Dr. Ross is a grounded, yet charismatic and transformational leader and another example of a committed, talented, inspiring executive serving the Baltimore community.
A Fond Farewell
The Volunteer Services Department said goodbye to Maureen O’Reilly, Volunteer Coordinator, this week as she moved on St. Jerome’s Head Start to take a position as Disability Coordinator. For the past two years, Maureen dedicated herself to placing volunteers and undergraduate interns in support roles throughout the Division as well as in Head Start. We’re grateful for her contribution and the helpful, gracious nature she brought to her work. Prior to her role in Volunteer Services, Maureen had a 12 year career as Education Coordinator at St. Jerome’s. She is looking forward to working with the preschoolers once again and we wish her the very best in her transition.
Until a new hire is identified, any volunteer or intern questions can be referred to Maria Folsom-Kovarik, Volunteer Services Manager.
Milieu and Building Supervisors Serve Dinner at My Sister's Place
Another successful meal was served recently at My Sister’s Place. The milieu supervisors and building supervisors of St. Vincent’s Villa were the volunteers. The women enjoyed a wonderful meal of pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and pudding. They commented on the ranch dressing and the sweet pudding. Thanks to Maggy and Tonei for cooking the pasta for us.
The evening was full of spirit as evidenced by the broad smiles in the picture of our staff. Music was played and several of the women danced to the tunes. They had expressed to us their gratitude about the excellent meal and large portions they were given. It was uplifting to see the joy in their faces as so often they struggle with life.
Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th and the Utilization Review /Risk Management group will be the host of the event. If your group is interested in experiencing this moving event, please contact Andrea Commarata at 1432.
The Mission Integration Committee- Andrea, Denise and Kim.
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Ernst and Young Interns Summer 2014
The summer season has arrived at St. Vincent’s Villa with a wonderful series of events and activities. Another successful beginning of St. Vincent’s Villa’s summer camp started with our annual visit from the Ernst and Young college intern’s mini-field day. The day’s events ranged from javelin throwing (with pool noodles) to a mini softball game to relay races to the ever popular water balloon races. Afterwards the treats were ice pops which were enjoyed by the children, interns and staff! The remainder of the week saw the arts and crafts project of patriotic flags and decorations which were building blocks for the dining room decorations in anticipation of Fourth of July and our Star Spangled Villa Fair on July 19th. The camp ended with the children tie dying tee shirts for the summer. On Tuesday night of camp week, the children were also treated to a delicious cookout compliments of the National Association of Catering Executives. There were photo booths, face painting, arts and crafts projects, games, two moon bounces, a visit from the sno cone truck, cotton candy, popcorn, and dancing to a dj, everyone (both staff and children alike) had a wonderful time.
Diversity Holidays and Cultural Observances July, 2014
*This calendar is meant to include a diverse sampling of holidays and cultural observances but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every holiday.
July 13 is Asala–Dharma Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the start of the Buddha’s teachings.
July 26 is Disability Independence Day, which marks the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
July 29 is Eid al Fitr, the Muslim celebration which commemorates the ending of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah, and is celebrated by wearing one's finest clothing, saying prayers, and nurturing understanding of other religions.
Quote of the Month, from Thomas Berry:
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