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Nursing director is thankful to work in her community hospital
In April of 2020, Tran assembled a team of more than 20 friends as volunteers, and created the Baltimore chapter of Frontline Foods. The group immediately began to help as many healthcare workers as they could. Volunteer Varun Mishra, a local undergraduate student, reached out to the MedStar Health system to coordinate their services while much of the country was under stay at home orders. With each member spending seven to nine hours volunteering remotely every week, they were able to raise funds through promotions, social media efforts, and community assistance. “There was a huge outpouring of support, it was wonderful to see the Baltimore community’s support of frontline workers,” says Tran. “It’s the heroes every day, cleaning floors or caring for patients, we’re trying to do everything we can to support these individuals as they protect our lives.”
To date, Frontline Foods has delivered over 2,000 restaurant packaged meals with a value of over $23,000 to MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, and MedStar Harbor Hospital. “From where it started to where it went, I couldn’t have imagined this,” says Mishra. On the impact of hearing responses of gratitude from MedStar Health, he says, “we didn’t do it for the gratitude, but it’s nice to hear feedback that our efforts created 350 meals to feed everyone on staff one day for example--thank you.”
Tran agrees. “The continued engagement with MedStar Health encouraged us to push on,” she says. “To all the healthcare heroes this year: Thank you for your time, thank you for your energy. I’m so glad we could work with the Baltimore community to show our support for you all.
A miraculous recovery
For several years, Lisa Goodwin began developing unusual symptoms across her body, leading to an emergency room admittance to rule out a stroke. Through the course of her healthcare journey, Goodwin saw a number of doctors and specialists, including a cardiologist, and was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After a series of tests from various departments, it was also recommended that Goodwin seek out vascular surgeon Misaki Kiguchi, MD.
Dr. Kiguchi ran additional tests to rule out a number of vascular issues that were plaguing Goodwin. “Having a doctor who really genuinely cared for finding a solution was incredible,” Goodwin shares. “She didn’t give up on me.” Dr. Kiguchi addressed Goodwin’s underlying vein issues and worked with her to find solutions which eventually relieved much of Goodwin’s symptoms and the source of her pain.
“I don’t live in fear and pain anymore--it was life-changing,” says Goodwin. To express her gratitude, Goodwin sought out ways to give back to Dr. Kiguchi and her staff, choosing to make a philanthropic gift-in-kind in support of the team’s daily efforts, and ultimately providing lunch for her staff.
Goodwin explains that her appreciation from this extraordinary patient care experience comes from the sense of compassion and assurance that she was shown every step of the way. “My gratitude came about truly because I was living in a state of pain and fear so long, but every time I came into Dr. Kiguchi’s office I could let some of that go because she and her team were there to help me figure it out, and she didn’t give up. She still kept thinking about how she could solve my problem. You can only hear so many times I’ve run every test and we can’t figure it out—that wasn’t an option for her. My gratitude came from this woman and team that really wanted to help me get healthy.”