The Right Care. Right Here.
Though my wife, Jay, and I had been blessed with good health, we understood well that not all families were as fortunate. That's why we became Eagle Society members more than 20 years ago – philanthropy is key to maintaining exceptional medical care close to home.
We haven't always lived in Vero Beach but, after enjoying a successful business career in New York City, I was quite content to retire here with my wife a couple of decades ago. It wasn't until just a few years ago, though, that we realized just how fortunate we are to have IRMC right in our community.
It was St. Patrick's Day 2008 – and, thanks to IRMC, it ended up being a lucky day indeed.
The right care at the right time
It was about 3 a.m., and I awoke feeling quite ill. It quickly became clear I needed to get to the emergency room at Indian River Medical Center as soon as possible.
I had suffered a major stroke.
But thanks to the prompt attention I received in the emergency room, the excellent care throughout the week that followed and the first-rate rehabilitation care, I recovered well.
IRMC's status as a Primary Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission. When a stroke occurs, the right care at the right time can make or break someone’s quality of life.
I don't know where I’d be without IRMC.
While my timely, expert care was invaluable, Jay and I are especially grateful for the staff's kindness. Jay was allowed to stay overnight in my hospital room, which was important for both of us. During my long recovery, IRMC speech therapist Tracey Kea – the best in the business, if you ask me – was very encouraging. To show our appreciation for Ms. Kea's help, we contributed the funds for the VitalStim® Therapy equipment that helps restore speech and swallowing function for people who have had a stroke or other neurological illness or injury.
A Family Tradition
Philanthropy is such a part of our family tradition that, in 2009, we established the Ames Family Foundation. Three of our children are board members. Each shares our commitment to give back to the community. None of us knows when we'll need medical care, but when you do, you want the best possible treatment. I felt compelled to give to the Foundation because an organization must keep stretching and getting better. Jay and I continue our commitment to IRMC's pursuit of excellence in patient care through annual support.
Note: Chuck and Jay Ames are members of the James B. Malloy Society, are Platinum Eagle Society members and are donors to the Campaign for Excellence in Cancer Care.