We know it takes the extraordinary contributions of so many people, day in and day out, to treat a sick or injured child at Children’s. We strive to deliver the highest quality of care that families can depend upon for their kids. It takes leadership and commitment, from the operating room to the board room, to make this happen.
Naturally, we have genuine pride when the industry stops and takes note of the many standout leaders inside Children’s. Our own Patsy Stinchfield recently received the pediatric nurse practitioner of the year award from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and now Ray Barton, previous chairman of Children’s board of directors and current chairman of Great Clips, Inc., has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association as Trustee of the Year. The award honors a board member of a hospital or health system who has contributed significantly to the health of the community by providing leadership and guidance to the hospital and board.
However, Ray’s experience with Children’s runs far deeper than a board position. It’s personal. He first came through our doors as a parent when his daughter was treated here several years ago. Along with his wife, Mary Lou, he’s been on a mission ever since to support other families whose children are dealing with a serious illness. Ray is incredibly committed to helping families stay together during times of crisis and ensure that pediatric patients and their families are provided services when they need them most.
For Ray, what started as a concerned father caring for his daughter has grown into a resolve to support Children’s through key programs and services. He started the Great Clips Charity Golf Classic in 1997. It helps fund, among other things, hotel stays for families with sick children so they can spend more time participating in their child’s treatment and less time traveling between home and hospital. There’s the annual Great Clips Cut-A-Thon where proceeds help kids with cancer and other serious illnesses make the transition back to school – a process not covered by insurance. And recently, Ray and Mary Lou supported the creation of the Family Resource Center which provides information and a play area for siblings.
The list goes on.
Ray has been a member of Children’s board of directors for seven years, and has been an extraordinarily generous benefactor. But his contributions go well beyond personal donations of time and money – he is also a great ambassador for Children’s. Ray has rallied Great Clips staff and franchise owners to support the hospital, and has helped Children’s recruit new advocates.
Congratulations on the award, Ray, and thank you for turning your family’s experience into a mission to help other families care for their kids at Children’s.