The Journal Gazette
Friday, November 22, 2019 1:00 am

A blessing for the community this season

Martin L. Pastura

As we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving, I would like to share my thoughts on a series of articles that have been part of our local news.

Over the past several weeks I have read, with interest, several articles concerning Parkview Health and what it should do with its surplus funds. As we all know, everyone has their own opinion, but I would like you to consider just how much Parkview has given back to make our community the great place it is today.

To evaluate my own organization, I ask myself about the relevance of the YMCA. Are we making a difference for the better? What is our impact? Are we improving the quality of life through our service to the community?

I would ask the same questions in evaluating Parkview Health. What if Parkview were not part of our community? From my professional perspective, and my personal perspective as a citizen, there would be a huge void in our community if Parkview was not giving back.

Anytime a group of volunteers gets together to discuss fundraising, partnerships or collaborations, Parkview is the first or one of the first entities that gets mentioned.

I also believe that an organization has to have the right culture or mentality to want to give back. This is another aspect of Parkview's leadership that is not in question. Parkview partners with many nonprofits to support many causes with their time, talents and treasures.

They have proven time and again the quality of people and the quality of place is vitally important. I believe they understand their role in helping to make our community strong in spirit, mind and body. There are plenty of examples to support this claim.

Remember when there was major concern about Parkview leaving the Randallia campus? That didn't happen. As far as I can tell, that location is as vibrant as ever.

Another example is Parkview Field. This was a great vision to help propel downtown to what it is today.

In an Oct. 27 article, CEO Mike Packnett defended Parkview as he explained how the organization makes a difference. The YMCA has been a recipient of several gifts for capital projects. Because of generous, committed passionate partners such as Parkview, the YMCA serves close to 90,000 members and another 20,000 program participants. I appreciate the partnership we have with Parkview.

I can speak personally about how Parkview helps the YMCA in multiple ways as well. They help with funding big projects, their employees serve as volunteers and they help with valuable programs for those in need.

The YMCA cares deeply about making a difference in people's lives. I know that Packnett and his organization feel the same way. The facts prove that Parkview gives back in extraordinary ways.

During the season of Thanksgiving, I thought it was important to point out that we are blessed to have a very giving community. Parkview Health has helped set the tone and culture of giving in our community.

On behalf of the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, we are thankful we have corporate leaders such as Parkview Health that care about all in our community.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Martin L. Pastura is president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

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