Praising the good

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

As much as that Open House is a celebration of natural gifts, this Friday will provide a full-throated celebration of a man-made asset, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf.

Or as I like to refer it, the little hospital that could.

Built long before it would have been under usual circumstances, this facility was constructed in substance to meet the expected need created by the build-out of WindMark Beach, now long in a holding pattern.

But the hospital was embraced by the community, which chipped in more than $2 million in construction costs as well as support of a half-cent sales tax to underwrite indigent care.

And having had occasion to visit the hospital a number of times, having had to make use of the facilities and staff, this has turned into one sweet deal for the community.

The doctors, nurses and staff are extraordinary with bedside manner, their treatment of patients as humans, for the timeliness of services provided and provided with a smile, a kind word or a soothing touch.

The ranks of the volunteers inject this facility with the human touch and grace that represents the best of any community, there to help, to wheel a chair, to sit and assist with paperwork and logistics for transportation, there to complement, by any definition of the word.

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