Asbury Spirit newsletter Summer 2012 : Page 1

A Newsletter for Asbury Residents Summer 2012 Vol. 7, No. 2 Altruism Around Asbury “Well, she’s an amazing person,” are Marcia Conner’s first words when she is told that associate Lori Crum mentioned her as someone who has been especially inspiring in her journey to obtain a registered nursing degree. “She is such a hard worker and so dedicated,” are the next ones. Marcia’s clear attempt to put the focus back on Lori’s contributions – rather than her own – are common to most of the residents interviewed for the feature article on the next page. Focusing on the altruistic works of Asbury’s residents, it also explores the benefits helping others has for the givers. “I knew of her reputation as a good person who was trying very hard to continue her education,” Marcia says. “She makes me tired just thinking about all she does!” Comments? Story ideas? Contact Cathy Canning at 301.250.2103 or ccanning@asbury.org. Lori Crum and Marcia Conner, of Bethany Village Altruism in Action: Bethany Village Nursing Grant hree years ago, two Bethany Village associates approached three former nurses with an idea. They wanted to create a grant for caregivers looking to pursue higher education in nursing. The residents, Edith Flurkey, Karen Lamb and Sally Ann Thurner, were excited by the goal – and the challenge – and got right to work. In just three years, the committee provided more than $15,000 in grants. Then, an anonymous gift of $50,000 assured its continuation for many years to come. Karen Lamb, who spent four decades as a nurse and nurse educator, says that quality of care in a long-term care environment is essential, and hopes the grant will help retain good people. “I very much enjoyed teaching and I really wanted to support continued on page 6 T Marcia – a Bethany Village resident since 2004 – took an interest in helping Lori after the associate became one of the first recipients of the Bethany Village Nursing Grant, a program founded by residents Karen Lamb, Ann Thurner and Edith Flurkey to encourage caregivers to advance in their training and healthcare career ( See sidebar ). Marcia came to Lori with an additional grant from an organization she belongs to – the Philanthropic Educational Organization – and encouraged her to apply for additional assistance. “These grants have made continued on page 6 Catch the Asbury Spirit!

Altruism Around Asbury

“Well, she’s an amazing person,” are Marcia Conner’s first words when she is told that associate Lori Crum mentioned her as someone who has been especially inspiring in her journey to obtain a registered nursing degree. “She is such a hard worker and so dedicated,” are the next ones.<br /> <br /> Marcia’s clear attempt to put the focus back on Lori’s contributions – rather than her own – are common to most of the residents interviewed for the feature article on the next page.Focusing on the altruistic works of Asbury’s residents, it also explores the benefits helping others has for the givers.<br /> <br /> “I knew of her reputation as a good person who was trying very hard to continue her education,” Marcia says.“She makes me tired just thinking about all she does!"<br /> <br /> Marcia – a Bethany Village resident since 2004 – took an interest in helping Lori after the associate became one of the first recipients of the Bethany Village Nursing Grant, a program founded by residents Karen Lamb, Ann Thurner and Edith Flurkey to encourage caregivers to advance in their training and healthcare career (See sidebar).<br /> <br /> Marcia came to Lori with an additional grant from an organization she belongs to – the Philanthropic Educational Organization – and encouraged her to apply for additional assistance.“These grants have made It so much easier to do this,” Lori says. “We have eight kids and have put them all through school. Now it’s ‘me’ time. This makes such a difference in paying for the classes and books.Between working and taking classes, I have to be really focused. This takes the financial pressure off.”<br /> <br /> Programming and volunteer coordinators across the Asbury system are quick to point out that without these dedicated individuals, their communities would most assuredly suffer. They are literally everywhere, volunteering at their healthcare center, helping with administrative tasks, participating in resident governance committees, brainstorming new programs or recreational spaces – or helping the region’s students, charities and needy populations through church or civic organizations.<br /> <br /> So stand back and take a bow. You deserve it.

Altruism In Action: Bethany Village Nursing Grant

Three years ago, two Bethany Village associates approached three former nurses with an idea. They wanted to create a grant for caregivers looking to pursue higher education in nursing.The residents, Edith Flurkey, Karen Lamb and Sally Ann Thurner, were excited by the goal – and the challenge – and got right to work.<br /> <br /> In just three years, the committee provided more than $15,000 in grants. Then, an anonymous gift of $50,000 assured its continuation for many years to come.<br /> <br /> Karen Lamb, who spent four decades as a nurse and nurse educator, says that quality of care in a long-term care environment is essential, and hopes the grant will help retain good people.<br /> <br /> “I very much enjoyed teaching and I really wanted to support People’s educational aspirations and, hopefully, get them to the LPN and RN level,” Lamb says of her reasons for embracing the program. “Recently, we’ve expanded our parameters to include associates seeking to further their education in long-term care administration, too.”<br /> <br /> “The impact these residents have had on associates is much farther reaching than the grant recipients themselves,” says Asbury Foundation’s J.D. Shuman, director of development for Bethany and one of the grant’s originators. “The fact that they value our staff to this degree sends a message to everyone who works here. They’ll be quick to tell you their work isn’t a big deal, but that’s just not the case.”

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