Building Our Community with Our Generosity

The patient had one last wish. Her nurses didn’t hesitate.

Our hospital is a place of healing and a place of compassionate care. Sometimes, when we have done everything we can for the body, our healing moves to the heart. The woman who was in our care wanted to be married to her partner of 52 years.

And so, we had a wedding.

“There is a generosity of spirit in the actions we take on behalf of our patients and community, a generosity of sacrifice as we consider making a gift. Each of these gestures matter.” —Dyan Sublett, President, MLK Community Health Foundation

Someone brought flowers from the gift shop. Others fashioned a veil. A priest was found to come to the bedside. Family members, friends, and members of her MLKCH healthcare team surrounded our patient as her partner stood by her side, held her hand, and formalized their commitment.

I’m moved—and proud—that moments like this happen here at our hospital. It’s part of what makes me happy, along with knowing the names of people as I greet them walking in the door each day. It speaks to what makes us whole—being in a community.

Generosity is part of our membership in community, an expression of trust and sharing. It takes many different forms—and sometimes surprises us. Once when I was in the cafeteria with a guest, I greeted a staff member from Materials Management in line ahead of us. I introduced him to my guest. When we arrived at the cashier I learned our meals had already been paid for. The staff member I spoke to wanted to make a welcome for us. It made a lasting impression not only on me, but also on my guest.

There is a generosity of spirit in the actions we take on behalf of our patients and community, a generosity of sacrifice as we consider making a gift. Each of these gestures matter, not only to the hospital but also to those upon whom we call to support our work in South Los Angeles. Our community deserves their investment. The signals you give through MLKCH Gives inspire them.

Your participation in MLKCH Gives is a commitment that makes us all stronger. Please join me in that act of giving. Thank you for your investment, made in so many ways. Thank you for the community you build.

My best,

Dyan Sublett
President, MLK Community Health Foundation