Community & Neighbors
Some of our best work is done outside of the ER.
Scottsdale Emergency Associates strives to positively impact the community by building relationships and promoting goodwill outside of the hospital environment. Our physicians and dedicated employees share their time and talents with charities and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people throughout the Valley and the world.
Healing Hands and Caring Heart:
Dr. Finch on his dedication to volunteerism in the Arizona community
“As a practicing emergency physician, the community has always been an important part of my practice. Serving those in need, and those who otherwise have no other place to turn, is rewarding and has been an invaluable part of my practice. Opportunities to identify areas of need within our community bringing support with education, services, and resources is important to the overall success of any organization. Giving back to the community is what drives my passion, and seeing the difference it makes in the lives of children and adults is addictive and lasting. These valuable treasures I incorporate into my practice, making my community service a part of my daily life.
Since 1999, I have been involved in grief support, starting a nonprofit organization in 2003, Stepping Stones of Hope. This organization offers grief support for children and adults who have experienced a death in their lives. Initially offering a weekend grief camp twice a year to children and adults, the organization has grown to six programs — touching the needs of grieving children, teens, adults, and families. Stepping Stones of Hope is known as one of the leading grief support organization in the southwest.
Children with asthma often have no opportunity to experience camp like other children their age. Since 1998, I have participated in a week-long camp experience — Camp Not-A-Wheeze. This camp offers children with moderate to severe asthma the opportunity to spend a week in the forest, participating with other children their age in a variety of camp activities, while learning how to manage their underlying asthma in a much more proactive fashion. Under medical supervision, these children are allowed to have fun, play, and be with other kids who have asthma. Building self-esteem, and showing these children that they are no different than other children their age — despite the fact they have asthma — allows them the freedom to foster the belief they can and are able to live with asthma. Giving these children the opportunity to be away from home and have fun, all while learning how to manage their asthma is worth every minute of my time. The reward for me is knowing I have made a difference in a child’s life, and likely saving them a visit to the emergency department.”
Dr. Finch is a 2010 recipient of the Hon Kachina award for selfless volunteerism awarded by the Hon Kachina Council and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives.
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