Whether large or small, contributions from community members to Adventist HealthCare Foundations allow the mission of improving the health of people and communities to continuously expand. In 2013, our community members, business partners, physicians and employees, through their generosity and giving spirit, helped to fund programs that assist patients with limited resources, purchase equipment and technology, and expand vital services across Adventist HealthCare.
The healthcare system is grateful to everyone who generously supports Adventist HealthCare in serving our community. Here are two inspiring stories.
Farid Srour, a successful local real estate agent, is a longtime donor to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Thirty-ﬁve years ago, he was asked to help ﬁnd available land to build the hospital. Over the years, his continuous generosity has supported the hospital and its service to the community in countless ways, including making the Pediatric Emergency Department lobby a colorful, inviting place for children and their families and contributing to the Adventist HealthCare Aquilino Cancer Center. Srour, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has also deeply dedicated himself to the health and wellness of his family and community. In fact, one of his sons became a physician.
“We don’t live alone. We live for the community,” Srour says. “We should all be encouraged by the need. The need is here. That is why I have pledged that I would give to the hospital anything I can.”
Kenneth Michael, chairman of NAI Michael based in Lanham, Md., and donor to the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center Foundation, says: “Community involvement has been extremely important to NAI Michael since its beginning. Commitment to the community not only enhances our credibility and knowledge in diverse subjects, but also brings us closer to understanding the fabric of our community and its needs. As a former heart patient of Washington Adventist Hospital, I am also personally grateful for the excellent cardiac care from physicians and staff , particularly Dr. Fayaz Shawl.” Michael has been a generous supporter of the foundation’s annual golf beneﬁt for the last four years.