Can you believe it? A week ago today, we celebrated the opening ceremony of the new Neuropathic Therapy Center. There was excitement and appreciation at every corner as patients, family members, staff, physicians and executive leadership came in droves to celebrate this remarkable milestone.
I was elated to see so many familiar and new faces in support of the Neuropathic Therapy Center — home to INF™ treatment. INF™ is an innovative treatment in which blood flow is restored to the nerves by widening openings in the arteries.
The standing room only event kicked off with an introduction and prayer from Dr. Craig Jackson, Dean of the School of Allied Health.
We heard from a variety of guest speakers, including senior vice president Lyndon Edwards and CEO Kerry Heinrich of the Medical Center. In addition, guests were treated to a specially prepared menu of gluten-free assortments that included, stuffed mushrooms, fresh fruit, cookies and much more.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from last week’s event.
Worth the Wait
It took me by surprise to hear Lyndon Edwards say it had been “four years in the making” to get where we are today. He recalled the many emails that went back and forth on discussing our goals and expectations for the Center. Where did the time go? In partnership with our university’s School of Allied Health, we took the time to explore the treatment further and help patients along the way to make this dream into a reality.
To Make Man Whole
Kerry Heinrich addressed the crowd with excitement as he looked toward the future with the new Center. He called attention to the amazing work being done in INF™, but more importantly our mission to carry out the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ. “Dr. Bussell and his team are working to make man whole,” said Heinrich.
In Great Company
As I looked out to the crowd, I swelled with pride as I saw the rest of my team who will accompany me on this journey. It’s a privilege to work alongside Ron Coleman and Jay Alido who possess the same passion for helping patients find relief from nerve pain. Their wiliness to learn and develop their skills is priceless. Each of them brings a unique set of skills and most of all, compassion to their work.
Patients’ Success Stories
For many in the audience that day, it was their first time hearing the incredible stories of strength from current patients being treated with INF™. It was a blessing to have Genasis Crafton brave the podium and share her story beginning with a cancer diagnosis at the age of 13. Genasis was told she would never walk again and amputation was her only option. Together, we were determined to change her outcome. Other testimonials were given that day from Nancy Hernandez, Jeannine Mendes and Valerie Weber who survived the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
Guests also experienced the new Center with small, guided tours. The tours included a look at the seven private treatment rooms, state-of-the-art equipment, and space for diagnostic testing. This also included the waiting room for friends and family.
Now, how can I forget about the ribbon cutting. It was a special moment to cut the ribbon and watch as it fell, symbolizing this exciting new beginning.
I can’t say thank you enough to all those who have helped make this dream into a reality. Your support, time and hard work have created an exciting new place to treat patients living with nerve pain.
The Neuropathic Therapy Center is located on East Campus in the Professional Plaza Building A in Room 208. Please call us at 909-558-6144 or submit this online form for more information.