Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Dear Readers,Mel Bower

As this is the first edition of Leaders in Care for 2021, I believe it’s still appropriate to wish you a Happy New Year! Let us hope 2021 marks the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have all been through so much in the last 12 months. Quite honestly, it is difficult to truly absorb and comprehend everything we have faced and dealt with, collectively and individually.

Still, the resiliency and strength of the human spirit continues to prevail, and we look to 2021 with renewed hope and fresh goals. For example, this year, our marketing and communications department will launch new, targeted promotional campaigns designed to showcase the excellence and expertise of Shriners Hospitals for Children, as well as a redesigned website. We will also continue planning for 2022, when we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our amazing, unique health care system, and the 150th anniversary of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals.

A century of service is certainly a success – and worthy of recognition. However, success takes many forms, and at Shriners Hospitals, we celebrate our patients’ accomplishments and victories every day. We cheer and applaud as the children overcome challenges and take their places on the playing fields, discover the power of art or learn to communicate using sophisticated technology. We invite you to discover the joy of success through a few of their stories, found on the following pages.


Mel Bower
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Patient Perspectives

Armany works with his care team to recover after surgery.

Armany, a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield, had surgery for his orthopaedic condition, performed by Orthopaedic Surgeon Ahmad Bayomy, M.D. Here’s a letter of thanks he wrote to the staff.




Dear Shriners Hospitals staff,

Thank you very much for all the help. This was my first surgery ever, and I was very scared. But you guys helped me get through it. Thanks to you guys, I’m feeling better. I’ll be back to sports faster than ever. Not only were there really good surgeons, but the nurses were really nice and kept me happy. I also want to thank you, Dr. Bayomy, for helping with the surgery. You were very nice and made sure I knew everything I needed to. If I were to get surgery again, I would ask if I could go to Shriners.

Best, Armany R