As a Bethel MBA Instructor and healthcare professional, I am grateful for the steady hearts and hands who have sacrificed so much during the pandemic, especially those like you who serve in long-term care communities. A Primary Caregiver Gives Thanks responds to the passionate sacrifice you and others in healthcare have shown during these difficult days.
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His name was James P Drevets. He was the first Chief Financial Officer of Covenant Retirement Communities and my predecessor, mentor, colleague, and trusted friend. I was the first employee of a central office established by Covenant leadership to serve a loose confederation of retirement communities around the country. I had been splitting my time
“Your wife’s cancer has returned.” What just happened??? In June (2020) we heard good news after my wife’s annual mammogram – all clear. The chances her breast cancer of 2006 would return became more remote with each passing year. Then came the new diagnosis two months later from my wife’s primary Doctor. The scans showed
On the occasions when I traveled to Washington, D.C. for work, I took great joy visiting the many Memorials on The National Mall. The Memorials regularly stirred up a variety of emotions, pride, awe, and often, a great deal of sadness. Gazing up at Abraham Lincoln never failed to remind me of the sacrifices of
“Nursing costs are way too high. Something must be done. Staffing is out of control, ” said the hospital's Executive Director to me, the brand new budget manager. Less than 24 hours later, the Director of Nursing told me, “My staffing is fine. I’m not over spending. I’m tired of being constantly asked to cut
A Reflection with Ric – The Pandemic of 1918 – 1920 – A Family Member Looks Back Silas Theodore Olson 14 Jan 1903 – 27 Jan 1920 When visiting my grandparents many years ago, I discovered some very old Olson family pictures. One picture in particular caught my eye. In the photo I saw a
A Reflection with Ric “I’m So Lonely – I Just Wanna Die” As I approached her room, I saw the door stood slightly open. I could barely see her and noticed she sat hunched over in her wheelchair. I heard the Chicago Cubs’ game on her TV. “May I come in?” I asked, knocking
As I drove back to Bellingham, Washington from St. Paul, Minnesota after completing my freshman year at Bethel, I knew my life had dramatically changed but I had no idea how much. At Bethel, I encountered Professor G.W. Carlson who taught Political Science. Professor Carlson challenged me to research, think and to pray through issues
STAYING SANE IN AN INSANE TIME Richard H. Cox, MD, PhD, DMin ---There have been many times in history when the human race has faced mass insanity, and this is one of them. Brilliant minds are distracted, creative minds are blunted, and values are questioned. Morals are provoked, relationships are pushed to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi2SNFnfMjk “Did you see what is happening in New York?” The woman’s comment caught me totally off guard as I walked past her in the hotel hallway. I had been preparing for leadership team meetings in San Diego with leaders from around the country and had not seen the news. “They flew a plane into