A Message from the Director: Sharing Gratitude
April 24, 2020 Posted by AHW Endowment
In spite of the anxiety, I also found myself feeling hopeful. Lifted up by the joy of meeting a spirited 74-year-old woman, whose broken arm we were able to fix and send her home. And holding the hand of a 22-year-old, whose tumor we removed earlier that day, as he looked for answers about his diagnosis. Checking my email, I saw updates on several projects funded through our COVID-19 response funding – seeing that educational and outreach efforts are moving forward, PPE is being 3-D printed and delivered to the front lines, and steps to expand testing availability and treatment are advancing.
The hope I feel is amplified by your extraordinary work to support people across Wisconsin during this time. As I move throughout my days from patient care to administration to philanthropy, I know that hundreds of you continue your efforts to make sure our state comes through this. And I am humbled and proud to be a part of it.
This is a special week for me. Today I celebrate my birthday, and five years ago this week I returned home from my Navy deployment to Afghanistan. As I walked through the operating room earlier this week, I couldn't help but reflect on how grateful I am to be a physician and to have the opportunity to help guide the work of AHW to create positive impacts across the state.
Leaving the hospital, I came across this message written on a window overlooking the operative suite:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Please know that you are among the ranks of the helpers, and I am grateful for the work that you do. I have never been prouder of our shared work. On behalf of the entire staff at AHW, we look forward to supporting you in your work build a healthier Wisconsin today, and for generations to come.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.
Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean and Director
Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Medical College of Wisconsin