June 24, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: June 24, 2013

CHEERS to a couple of staffers at CVPH Medical Center who last week offered a personal, unsolicited service, the kind that gives the health-care industry a very good name throughout the community and beyond. A group of six obviously affable, gray-haired people were gathered in the hospital cafeteria, reminiscing and laughing. Two women in scrubs approached their table and observed that they looked like reunited family and asked, would they like their photo taken? Whereupon they used several of the family’s iPhones to click off a number of shots. It was a small but very thoughtful gesture, much appreciated by the visitors.

JEERS to cheap tippers at a Malone correctional facility. We have it on very good authority that, recently, a local restaurant got a call to prepare and deliver 30 pizzas to a prison. That’s a welcome order for the restaurant, of course. But it turned out to be just the opposite for the poor guy who had to deliver it. When he arrived at the prison, he not only lugged the 30 boxes into the facility, he went the extra mile to sort the orders and separate the pizzas so all the diners could most easily locate their particular favorite. His extra effort on the $300 order was rewarded with a measly $6 tip. That computes to 2 percent. Prison personnel most assuredly earn a decent salary and could have spared to have shown a little more gratitude for the effort.

CHEERS to National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley, which recently held its 12th-annual business meeting at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh. The room was packed for the session, illustrating how the organization has grown since it moved into its first official office all those years ago. It also underscores how awareness of mental illness has grown — and the understanding of how crucial services are for those with brain disease. NAMI has played a huge role locally in providing education, advocacy and other supports to the area. Clinton County mental-health providers hold the peer-based group in high esteem and collaborate with NAMI in many ways to help round out services. And CHEERS to Mandy Swank, Gwen Benway and Amanda Winterbottom, who, at the NAMI meeting, shared the story of their journey with mental illness, illustrated in photos they took as part of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Program) and under the guidance of former City Court Judge Penny Clute. They brought tears to the eye and hope to those in the room.

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