Rhino Medical and Hospitalists Plus partnered with A Wish with Wings to send Gabrielle Fox (a 5 year old little girl with Leukemia) and her family to Disneyworld. Gabrielle had never been to Disneyworld and her favorite character is Ariel. For her wish she just wanted to do something special with her mom, dad, brother Aiden and “away from all that doctor stuff”. On April 26, 2013 Rhino Medical and Hospitalists Plus held a Bench Press - A - Thon to raise the money to grant Gabrielle's magical wish. Due to the overwhelming generosity we successfully raised nearly $13,000. This will allow us not only to grant Gabrielle's Wish in July, but also send a cash donation to West, Texas benefiting the relief efforts of the recent explosion. The Bench Press – A – Thon rules: Each participant received monetary pledges for the number of consecutive bench presses they completed The bench press weight for men was 135 lbs The bench press weight for women was 45 lbs [caption id="attachment_2210" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The Rhino/H+ team supporting A Wish With Wings"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2218" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Team Gabrielle!"][/caption] We are overjoyed (but not surprised) at the generosity of our team. Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful event.
Have you ever been a part of or helped a charitable organization? I don’t mean donating a few things to Goodwill, buying Girl Scout Cookies, or even dropping a quarter in the red bucket for The Salvation Army during Christmastime. These are all great organizations, of course, but I mean to REALLY be a part of it? Have you asked people to donate their hard earned money for your cause? Have you given up your own time or asked others to give up their time? Have you used your God-given talents, whatever they may be, to help your cause, and combine your efforts with people who are just as passionate about the cause as you are? I have to admit that I have given to charities, helped here and there, but was never fully engaged both physically and emotionally as what I was a part of this past Friday, May 25th, 2012. My company Tusk Enterprises put together an event for a foundation by the name of A Wish with Wings (www.awishwithwings.org) to help raise money to send a 4-year old boy Matthew, who was born with many debilitating diseases and ailments, to Disneyworld. This organization is very similar to the very well known “Make-a-Wish Foundation” that grants very sick children a wish that normally they would not be able to experience. I had the pleasure to be witness to and be a part of a group of people that came together and organized a very special event for Matthew in order to raise the $7500 needed to send Matthew to see Goofy, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Elise Howard was our party planner/decorator and made the place look fantastic. When you walked in there was music playing, beautiful fresh sunflower bouquets, and all the food and drinks you could ever want. It just felt very warm and welcoming as you entered. We had people help with donations such as chairs, tables, food and drinks, as well as everyone pitching in to do whatever was needed to help make this successful. It really was a team effort. We also had a BBQ Rib Cook-Off in which 7 of our employees were able to show off their cooking skills in a very heated competition that included a week full of major smack talk. The contest was judged by 4 VIP’s that included: · General Manager of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and President of the Board for A Wish with Wings, Greg Kalina · Founder of the Youngs Company, Don Youngs · CEO of Financial Pathway, Mark Schneider · President and Chairman of Tusk Enterprises, Joseph Brunson The Top 2 spots went to “The Brothers Powell”. Bret Powell, who was also our emcee for this event and admittedly put in the least amount of time into his ribs, pulled off a surprising 2nd place finish. His twin brother Bart finished in 1st place showcasing his skills that he honed in Memphis while acting as an apprentice living with a Master Smokeman during the Summer of 1988. (That last part isn’t true, but it sounds good to add to the mystique that is………….Bart Powell.) Thousands of dollars were raised, incredible prizes were raffled off, new friends were made and tears were shed. A Wish with Wings’ staff was there and it’s truly is amazing to hear about the miracles that this organization makes come true every year and with help from companies like ours, it can grant even more wishes every year. I even had a friend of mine stop by to participate. Not only did he donate money, but he was gracious enough to talk about his experience with one of the diseases that affects Matthew- something he experienced firsthand as he lost his wife to the same disease about a year ago. I felt and still feel so fortunate to have been a part of this. It truly is about giving back. After this event, I posted the following on Facebook; “Giving back feels so good. We all get asked to donate here, donate there, but dismiss it because we don’t want to take a few minutes to hear what you’re giving to and what it’s all about. It’s as if it is more of a nuisance than a good thing to be a part of. We may not realize it but even 5 Dollars is a huge donation. At first thought it may not seem like it is and some people may think, “What can 5 bucks do?” but a lot can be done with 5 dollars. As we get older, giving back means more and more so before it’s too late, get involved in something! There are so many things you can donate…money, time, your talents, old unwanted items, food, clothes and so many other things. Can I do more to help? Yes, of course, we all can, but all I ask is that you take the time to listen and learn about what you’re giving to…….it will change you.” We do not know what lies in our future, and at some point we may be the ones needing donations to help ourselves or a family member. Be GENEROUS, SELFLESS and CHARITABLE………. George Villarreal, Jr. Director of Recruiting Rhino Medical Services
Something we discuss very frequently in our office is our Creed – 6 principles we use daily to ensure we are providing the best service to our clients and our providers. We have photos of each “leg” of the Creed hanging around the office as reinforcement, and it only strengthens our determination to be the best we can be, at all times. One of these principles is “Servitude Attitude,” a belief that we act as humble servants to our clients , medical professionals, and each other. In the last 2 years, however, this “servitude attitude” has extended outside of our office walls. One of the best aspects of working at Tusk is that we truly are a tight-knit family. In 2010, the 3 year-old daughter of one of our teammates, Deric, was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a rare, non-cancerous tumor effecting less than 9 out of 1,000,000 people. It was terrifying for him, terrifying for her, and terrifying for all of us who love them. Deric and Morgan handled her battle with strength, hope and love; we are happy to announce that she has since completed her treatment and she has an excellent long-term outlook! One of the bright spots in her journey was a trip to Disneyworld, provided by a charity known as A Wish with Wings – an organization that grants wishes to little Texans with life-threatening conditions. I was able to volunteer at their annual luncheon and silent auction just last week, and it was inspiring to see first-hand what this amazing organization does. Not only did I get to meet generous and openhearted adults willing to give their time and their donations to this charity, but I also got to watch eight lovely children in the midst of their battles walk across the stage to a round of applause – and a roomful of tears. Each child got to stand with their hero, and Morgan’s hero was her daddy! As part of our “servitude attitude,” and in the spirit of giving back, we host an annual fundraising drive for our community, and this year’s (more than) deserving charity is A Wish with Wings. We are presently involved in our annual fundraising drive, and this year, Tusk Enterprises has committed to send one little boy to Disneyworld in July. Meet 4 year-old Matthew. Matthew was diagnosed at birth with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and Chiari II Malformation. He is in a wheelchair and cannot walk. His parents have a nurse to aid in his daily care due to his specific needs. Matthew has been described as full of imagination and he “gives the best hugs, despite being so little.” This sweet and outgoing little boy wants to meet Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, and he wants to go fishing with Mickey on his 5th birthday with the fishing pole his Grandpa gave him. To grant Matthew’s wish, we need to raise $7500. We are raffling off an $800 gift Best Buy gift card, a Josh Hamilton autographed baseball bat, two tickets to a Texas Rangers baseball game, a pair of Prada women’s sunglasses, a pair of Fendi women’s sunglasses OR a Lexus for a weekend from Sewell Lexus while they detail your car. Tickets are $20 each and 100% of the proceeds will go to Matthew’s Wish. The drawing will be held May 25th during our Annual BBQ Rib Cook-off. If you are interested in joining our efforts, you can donate online at https://wishwing.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MatthewsDisneyWorldWish/tabid/368397/Default.aspx
How many times have you heard, “Trust Me” when talking to an agency and when you arrived to a locum assignment (or began a new job), something you expected, wasn’t what you expected? In my opinion, TRUST, is the key ingredient in a successful recruiter and medical provider relationship. Let’s face it, 99% of the time, the two will never meet, although thousands of dollars are paid, tens or maybe hundreds of patients lives saved, and reputations are on-the-line daily. The recruiter and medical provider relationship is unique, but essential to say the least. The only way to make this relationship thrive is trust. This takes time, and often begins with a healthy dose of blind faith. Think of what is being asked of the provider: go to a city where you have never been (you'll love it!), start a new job (you'll love it!), begin saving lives immediately (you'll have no problems knowing what to do) and at the end you will be paid (thousands!). TRUST ME. Your check (for thousands) is in the mail, TRUST ME. As dedicated as we all are to our respective careers, we are not volunteers. Will you be paid timely, and for the correct amount? These are two important questions. Whether you make $100 per week or $10,000 per week,paychecks are important. Does your recruiter consider your paycheck as important has his own…? (Hint: He should). There is no way of 100% fool-proofing assignments, let’s face it, there are many land mines along the way and sometimes life just happens. A recruiter’s true colors, trust, and commitment are shown on how these land mines are handled. Is your recruiter available to you 24/7? How confident are you that they will have your back if something comes up on the facility side of things? Do you have a relationship with your Recruiter, or is it just a voice on the line telling you what you want to hear? Is it too good to be true? What if it's not true? Over the years, I have been honored to develop relationships with medical providers whom I now consider friends. This began with trust. I have not been perfect in every encounter in my career. However, working with my client's and provider's needs first makes me trustworthy. I may not get every deal, but I can sleep at night knowing I was honest to all involved. The next time you talk to me, anyone at Rhino, or another recruiter, ask yourself, 'Do I trust this person'? Deric Gardner
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