I have had the fortune of working on the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open event the past two years. It is a fabulous week of PGA TOUR golf and events in the Fall. Every year, I look forward to spending the week at TPC Summerlin and telling the story through golf of the work that the Shriners do in their 22 hospitals across the country. However, the event is so much more than a golf tournament.
I always knew that it was more than birdies, bogeys and eagles but it became even more apparent to me when I had the opportunity to visit the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento earlier this month. I knew what the Shriners Hospitals provided to families was remarkable, but what I experienced during my visit made me realize that the work they do within the walls of these hospitals goes above and beyond what is expected in healthcare today.
For those of you don’t know, Shriners Hospitals provide free medical care for children up to the age of 18 in the areas of orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. What I didn’t realize is that they have the best of the best medical staff in these areas at their hospitals. The truly attract the most specialized physicians and staff who carry out the mission of the Shriners. They not only are dedicated to the treatment and recovery of the patient, but more important to the research of why and how can we prevent these injuries or conditions from happening.
The staff that I had the opportunity to meet at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento love their jobs. They know they are truly lucky to work in such an incredible environment that allows research, recovery, discovery and caring. The care of the patient and family didn’t end when the patient left the hospital, many of the staff shared stories with us on how they remained in touch with the patient and families through the years. They said that many of the patients come back to the hospital to share their stories of recovery with current patients.
The Shriners Hospitals are truly a magical place where more than just medicine happens and the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is definitely more than just a golf tournament.
To learn more about Shriners Hospitals go to www.shrinershq.org.