April was a very special month at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland with the return of our board members to the hospital for the monthly board meeting. Previously, our last in-person board meeting was held in February 2020 – more than a year ago! It was wonderful to resume our in-person conversations! A special thanks to Margaret Gamon and Harlan Pine who set up the auditorium to broadcast the teleconference call via Microsoft Teams for those who were unable to attend in- person.
This year, we have two new Shriners joining our board, Charles Ward and Ted Balestreri. Mr. Ward joins us from the Al Aska Shrine Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Balestreri joins us from the Al Kader Shrine Center and lives in Dallas, Oregon. Also with the New Year, Rick Holloway from Idaho’s El Korah Shrine Center is our new Chairman of the Board and Gale Kenney from Washington’s Nile Shrine Center will serve as Vice Chairman.
Did you know that our hospital is supported by nine (9) Shrine Centers? I always enjoy calling out the names of the Shrine Centers as they have a wonderful flair and mystique: Al Aska, Hillah, El Korah, Al Kader, Masada, Afifi, Al Shamal, Nile, and Gizeh. These Shrine Centers cover our entire catchment area from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and all the way to Western Canada.
It is through the support of our board and their vision for our strategic plan that the Portland Shriners Hospital continues to grow and to reach our full potential. In the months ahead, our board members will continue meeting monthly at our hospital. It is because of over 97 years of support from our Shrine Centers, board members, Daughters of the Nile, and Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America that the Portland Shriners Hospital has been able to continue our legacy of advancing research and providing excellent pediatric orthopaedic care for all kids ages 0 to 18 years old!
Dereesa Reid, MBA
Hospital Administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland