Community Conversations

Community Conversations Fall 2019

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Leaders in CaMel Bowerre, the premier publication of Shriners Hospitals for Children. We have revamped the magazine to more effectively showcase the successes our patients experience and emphasize the work, mission and focus of our unique health care system.

For nearly 100 years, the staff and volunteers of Shriners Hospitals for Children have focused on the needs of patients and families first and worked tirelessly to make a real difference in their lives. We are known for spending the time and energy to determine what is best for each patient – for listening and for offering hope, compassion and healing. Every day, our staff works to fulfill our three-part mission: improving the lives of children by providing excellent specialty care, conducting innovative research and offering outstanding educational opportunities for medical professionals.

While much has changed since we opened our first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1922, we have remained true to that mission. And we continue to keep the promise made by our founders: to provide the best care we can to all who come to us regardless of their ability to pay.

Within these pages, you’ll meet some incredible people: patients who are taking their place in the world with confidence, grace and strength; parents and families who are supporting them; and physicians and researchers dedicated to finding new ways to improve the lives of children all over the world. It’s the most amazing care anywhere – Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Mel Bower
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Patient Perspectives

The patient ambassador program has not only given me the confidence that I have today, but it has allowed me to connect and help many wonderful patients and their families, who have become forever friends. I have proudly assisted other patients, helping them learn how to give speeches and share their stories. One time that resonates with me is while helping at a Kansas Shrine Bowl event I was paired with two younger ambassadors. I remember they were shy and afraid to talk at first; however, after asking them questions and showing them how to do different activities with the football players, by the end of the day they were leading our presentations!

Social media has also played a big role through my years as an ambassador. I have had the ability to connect with many parents who have children who are upper limb different just like me. I have encouraged the parents to seek assistance with their local Shriners Hospitals for Children, answered countless questions they might have, and shared my practices of being proactive as opposed to reactive in situations they may encounter. I am forever grateful to be able to represent Shriners Hospitals for Children on a national level and be able to connect
with more patients and their families!