| Employees give back through the Employee Campaign From Spotlight on Health - Spring 2011
Cindy Jensen Melloy, MD, and David Larson, Director of Facility Management for CentraCare Health System, are proud to have the opportunity to make a difference in the community by giving back through the Employee Campaign.
“Financial support of any kind can make all the difference to ensure that services are sustained and continue to improve and expand,” said Dr. Melloy.
David Larson has the opportunity to see the hospital expansion firsthand every day since he oversees the construction project.
Dr. Melloy, a pediatrician, joined CentraCare Clinic – Women & Children 22 years ago. She knows the difficulties associated with receiving specialized medical care when it isn’t offered in the community. Twenty years ago, her son was diagnosed with leukemia.
David Larson and Cindy Jensen Melloy, MD
“We received excellent care in St. Cloud,” she said. “However, my son needed pediatric oncology services which weren’t offered in St. Cloud at that time. We traveled to the Twin Cities three times a week for his care. We learned firsthand how important it is to have quality medical care close to home so patients and their families can lead normal lives.”
Dr. Melloy’s son was able to beat cancer and today lives a healthy life. Because of Dr. Melloy’s motivation to provide superior patient care close to home, she started a pediatric oncology program in St. Cloud.
“With the generosity of the community and support from CentraCare Health System, we are able to provide this specialized service,” she said. “The Grocers on the Green golf fundraiser has raised nearly $1 million since 2002 for the pediatric oncology services. It is great that the community has been so generous. My contribution to the Employee Campaign is my gift back.”
Larson, on the other hand, was born at St. Cloud Hospital but hadn’t been back to the hospital until 2008 when he was hired to oversee the construction project. He was immediately impressed by St. Cloud Hospital after participating in the employee orientation program.
“I have never worked at a place that teaches its new employees so much about the organization,” he said. “I liked what I heard and walked out of there proud to be a part of this great organization.”
Today, Larson still is proud to work at St. Cloud Hospital. “I enjoy the opportunities that I have been given working here,” he said. “And because I am so involved in the expansion project, I get to see firsthand what my dollars are doing to make this expansion a reality.”