A record 205,000 acts of compassion and volunteerism took place here as part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day Week. That number includes more than 19,000 people who joined the Brightside and Passport Health Plan Spring Community Wide Cleanups, removing litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks and schools.
It’s that kind of action that has earned Louisville the reputation as a city of compassion. The 2018 Give A Day Week resulted in 30,500 pounds of food being donated to the needy. For Jefferson County Public Schools, 58,422 participants worked on service projects, and more than 3,000 young people participated in a walk for compassion.
Nowhere is the need for compassion more pronounced than in the health care field. Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation sponsors a special program to recognize and honor those who have shown a sincere commitment to compassion in their daily lives.
Dozens of people from throughout the city’s health care sector were nominated for awards, and seven were recognized as winners at the Third Annual Commitment to Compassion Luncheon at the Frazier History Museum in February.
This series of Insider Louisville articles is spotlighting the 2018 award recipients.
Robin Goodman has been making a difference at Family Health Centers since 2009, where she has been instrumental in FHC’s efforts to provide compassionate care for those suffering from behavioral health problems. Goodman created the organization’s “Culture of Caring” policy, and leads staff in communicating and training.
She was promoted to supervisor in 2017, and has led FHC’s expansion into integrated substance use services, especially for those suffering with opioid addiction. In fact, her work in the area of opioid addiction treatment led her to be recognized for her exemplary work.
Several years ago, cardiologist Dr. Michael J. Imburgia learned that it’s difficult for the indigent population in Louisville to receive treatment for cardiovascular issues. In 2008, he helped start the Have a Heart Clinic, which provides cardio tests on patients, at no charge, and then helps its patients navigate the complex healthcare maze.
The clinic is staffed by volunteer nurse practitioners, cardiologists, social workers, and physician assistants. Its Coordinated Care approach connects patients to nurses, offers social services and the YMCA for blood pressure education, as well as diet and exercise education. It also offers free vascular screenings in various parts of the city, with a focus on the West and South ends.
Dr. Imburgia’s mission is to provide cardiovascular care for the poor and/or uninsured, and believes that everyone deserves to get treatment, no matter what their zip code or income level.
The Compassionate Care Luncheon began three years ago, when Stephanie Barnett of Co-Host of Compassionate Louisville’s Healthcare Constellation and Jill Bell of Passport Health Plan collaborated on Jill’s idea to showcase champions of compassion from the city’s health care community. Insider Louisville got on board, and, today, more than a dozen local organizations have sponsored and actively participated in the event.