The Light We Need to See

Too many times, it’s the grim headlines that readers get to see. You know the ones…the scary statistics and would’ve been-should’ve been precautionary tales. One of our main objectives here at Central Florida Health News is to show you the faces behind the headlines. We think there’s more to making a point than shock value. 

In fact, we think showing you the good news and the strength in the survivors who are your neighbors and peers is what leaves a lasting impression. So when we find little nuggets of hope in the health care community, we are eager to share them. That was the case when I learned about Culpepper’s Cardiac Foundation, which you can read about on page 14. Melanie Brown Culpepper’s story is inspirational to say the least. You’d be hard pressed to find many people who would have been able to turn such a heart-wrenching tragedy into a project that gives back to the community. I hope her story touches you as it did me.

I also learned that in February, Winter Haven Hospital’s Bostick Heart Center will be hosting its first-ever heart recovery reunion. Patients who are alive today because of the care they received at the hospital and the advanced technology of Abiomed’s Impella heart pump will be reunited with the physicians who treated them so they can say thank you and share their stories. The invitation-only event is set for Feb. 13, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way for those given a second chance to celebrate American Heart Month. Keep an eye on our website for a recap of the event.

It’s these little blessings within our healthcare community that help us realize there’s light all around us, we just have to want to see it. 

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