Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing them in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in, they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all
along it. You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said- “It made a difference for that one.”
Carol is one of those volunteers that you can call on at the last minute to come in and help. She is probably our most faithful lay volunteer and has been since the start of the clinic. The wisest man that ever lived said, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) must have been talking about Carol because that is what she does.
Dr Anderson has been a long time clinical provider for HMFC. He is also currently serving on our Board. Dr Anderson has been quoted saying, “this is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in 40 years of practicing medicine.” However, patients that see him feel that it is rewarding for them to see him.
Doug and Cody Regional Health have been so supportive of Heart Mountain Free Clinic from the very beginning in 2010 – not only providing space for HMFC to see patients and deliver services, but providing lab and X-ray's for our neighbors with no insurance. The Board and our patients extend to you our heartfelt thanks! We could not exist without this help from you and Cody Regional Health.
Jack has, again and again, taken the reins countless times to keep HMFC from floundering. He has brought a strength and steadiness in a times of much need -- and brought us into the world of accurate data collection! Ruth has told him several times that she was able to “sleep at night after Jack came on board as the HMFC Executive Director.” And now, after retiring (again) from the Executive Director’s position in December 2017 he is back on the Board to lend us his expertise and unique perspective. Jack has been, and continues to be, a true asset to HMFC!
We are ALL glad to have his continued guidance, for the cost of apple pie!
All of our volunteers (medical and non-medical) make the clinic successful. We couldn't survive without them and our patients appreciate the love and kindness they show. Starfish awards are given to volunteers for their outstanding service and are nominated by their fellow volunteers. Starfish awards are presented by Heart Mountain Free Clinic (HMFC) Board Chair, Ruth Edge, who honors our volunteers with her gifted presentation of the "Starfish Story", a wonderful narrative of each recipient, and a gold starfish pin and certificate. Every quarter HMFC expresses gratitude to several of our volunteers.
The starfish story explifies why we all work so hard to assure every patient feels they are cared for individually:
The 2018 Starfish Awards have been given to the following volunteers:
Wanda has been a HMFC Board member and clinic volunteer for – years. When the clinic lost their Patient Care Coordinator it was Wanda that stepped in and took on the role of Patient Care Coordinator to keep the clinics running smoothly. Wanda has always brought excellence, creativity, and great ideas to the Board and staff to help HMFC better serve its’ patients. Her caring concern with patients and her knowledgeable relations with our volunteer health care providers create a Free Clinic we can be proud of. Thank you for making such a difference!
Ruth has served on the Board of the Heart Mountain Free Clinic from its inception. She has worked tirelessly to make sure the clinic survives and thrives. If a volunteer is needed for the clinic at the last minute, she is there; if errands need to be run for a last minute project, she is on it; if there is a training that will help us improve, she is taking it. Ruth is the consistent thread that runs through the fabric of HMFC… she is a part of the HMFC “brand.”
Ruth is always praising others and working in the background to create a strong foundation. She started the Starfish concept at HMFC and has distributed 56 Starfish Awards since it began in 2009. It is about time she be on the receiving end of the gratitude train!