Community Conversations

Community Conversations Winter 2021

Robel (aka Robi) was an inpatient at Shriners Children’s Philadelphia for more than six months. He sent this note of thanks.

A letter from Mel Bower, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Shriners Children’s

Dear Readers,

I am sure we all expected that the COVID-19 crisis would be over by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and we all must continue to live and work in the virus’ menacing shadow. Even so, throughout this difficult year, everyone connected with Shriners Children’s remained focused on our mission of improving lives and gave their best efforts to our patients and families every day. This unwavering commitment and perseverance is, quite simply, selfless and stunning. I am intensely proud of our entire staff and honored to be part of this incredible organization. 

While December is considered the season of hope, compassion, giving and gratitude, we see and celebrate these values every day in each of our locations. Our medical and clinical staffs continue to offer knowledge and options to patients living valiantly with both rare and more common conditions. Our donors continue to fund our efforts and goals, and our patients continue to inspire us with their grace, thankfulness and inner strength as they overcome one challenge after another. 

Within the pages of this edition of Leaders in Care, we are pleased to share stories focused on these themes. 

Shriners Children’s is honored to be able to continue our nearly 100-year tradition of offering hope, compassion and healing to children and families, and we look forward to a new year of promise and opportunity, an end to the pandemic, and continuing to share our stories with you. 

Mel Bower 
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Shriners Children’s