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As the world continues navigating the challenges and new norms established by the global pandemic, common conditions of life and community can feel uncertain. It takes incredible leadership and selflessness to weather the storm and ensure that all of our community participants are properly cared for. We can’t think of a better example of compassion and excellence in service than our dedicated and long-time sponsor, SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center.
A community-based, acute-care hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Lutheran includes West Pines Behavioral Health, Lutheran Hospice and Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West. The organization’s commitment to service is clear: “Our patients and families are the center of every thought, communication and action that takes place in this healing space.” They are committed to investing in community benefit programs and initiatives directly correlated to the ways in which people live, learn, work and play – including economic stability, education, social and community environment, food security, housing, and transportation. Ensuring that the people of Colorado have an unparalleled place to receive healthcare, Lutheran is committed to providing outstanding quality of care and a superior patient experience during this unprecedented time.
Award-winning care is one of the many exemplary benchmarks displayed by Lutheran staff and is embodied as a hallmark skill in a slightly smaller (but just as mighty!) team of student staff members at the Young AmeriTowne Medical Center. This healthcare “facility” is one of the 17 mock business storefronts inside the mini-society of Young AmeriTowne, where 5th graders run their own life-like business community together for a day.
Recent Young AmeriTowne summer participants recognized that the Medical Center is the glue that keeps citizens at their best – it is commonly the most popular business to “apply for.” In her mock interview for the Health Technician position, a recent summer camper described her passion for this work: “I’m interested in working at the Medical Center because this is the shop that does the most good for the people in AmeriTowne”, (Ava, 2020 Young AmeriTowne Summer Camp participant).
Before their first job in AmeriTowne actually begins, campers must complete rigorous customer service training to ensure they follow through with upholding the same values promoted by Lutheran, like integrity, safety, stewardship and a caring spirit. Megan Durning, Vice President of Strategy at LMC from Lutheran Medical reiterates, “It’s remarkable that children can engage and absorb such a strong sense of passion and urgency for helping their community. We are proud to help initiate and support this level of stewardship in young people through our sponsorship of Young AmeriTowne.”
Mirroring Lutheran’s commitment to supporting economic stability and meeting the needs of the community, Young Americans Center believes that a resilient, healthy and functioning economy is the direct result of the values harnessed by its participants. Students across the Denver metro area are now rooted to this same connection thanks to Lutheran’s dedication to the Young AmeriTowne Medical Center – this is invaluable.
With their lasting support to Young Americans Center, Lutheran is ensuring the financial health of the next generation through hands-on financial learning. We thank them for their long and rich history of compassion, care and commitment to the community. Unparalleled service is what the world truly needs right now.