Friday, October 06, 2006

An Opportunity To Be Our Best Selves


This came in the email this morning from Susan. She thought I would like to know. She was right.
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This message sent on behalf of Tom Beeman:

All of us have been touched by the tragedy at the Amish schoolhouse in Southern Lancaster County, and many of you have asked how we, as a community of caring healthcare professionals, can help the families of the young girls injured in Monday's shooting.

We know that the cost for providing medical services, both at Lancaster Genera l Hospital and children’s hospitals in Hershey and Philadelphia, will be enormous. I want you to know that Lancaster General Hospital and its physicians have decided to write off all of its charges associated with caring for patients from this incident.

Others who are doing the same include Reading Hospital and Medical Center, which received patients from the shooting, the two aeromedical services which flew our patients from LGH to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey and most EMS organizations which brought children to LGH.

Also, local churches, businesses and community organizations have established funds aimed at helping the Amish, as well as the Roberts family. Rather than replicating efforts, we invite you to consider giving to those appeals which have already been announced in the media.

Please continue to keep members of the Amish community in your thoughts and prayers. Your interest and constant spirit in helping others in our community is truly an inspiration.

Thank you.

Thomas E. Beeman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lancaster General

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