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Experiencing Care from Both Sides of the Table
After doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health–Brenner Children’s Hospital saved their son’s life, Brenda and Tim Scronce created an endowed scholarship for students in the School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program.
Brenda Scronce has always had special ties to Wake Forest Baptist Health–Brenner Children’s Hospital. As a young PA, she even considered coming to work at Wake Forest Baptist, but ended up taking another position.
Fifteen years later, in 2002, Brenda and her husband Tim found themselves at the children’s hospital once again, this time as parents. Their 6-week-old son Gregory was admitted to Brenner with a severe RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infection, which can be fatal in young children. Within hours, he was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) and placed on a respirator. He stopped breathing several times and spent 10 days in the ICU, intubated and immobilized.
Because of her medical training, Brenda knew what to expect in the ICU, but experiencing it from the other side of the table—
She says, “At the time I functioned very well, but later on I realized how traumatic it was. The comforting part during that time period was the strength of the faculty that I saw around, taking care of my child.”
Drs. Jon Abramson and Joseph Tobin and their staff cared for Gregory—and his family—until he was able to breathe on his own. Today, 10 years later, Gregory is a happy, healthy 11-year-old, and the Scronces’ gratitude to these doctors is boundless.
“We are eternally grateful to Jon Abramson and Joe Tobin, for the hospital and the departments they run, the teaching that they must give the residents and the staff. … There’s such good in the world, and it manifests in different ways; it manifested in those men and their life’s work,” Brenda says.
Giving Back to the Institutions That Brought Them Forward
The aid she received helped set her on her own path to philanthropy. “Long ago, way back then, I knew I would always give back. So when my husband and I were at a position where we could give back, we started doing that to the institutions that helped bring us forward,” she says.
In the case of Wake Forest Baptist, Brenda and her husband wanted to offer support in a way that would honor the faculty who saved their son and at the same time reflect Brenda’s experience as a former medical professional.
“We asked Wake Forest Baptist how we could help. They discussed the various ways donors can give, and we chose to endow a scholarship for the medical school’s PA program,” Brenda says.
The Brenda and Tim Scronce Physician Assistant scholarship will be offered for the first time this school year. Preference will be given to second-year students in the PA program who have expressed interest in pediatrics or critical care medicine. Brenda is excited to establish the same kind of personal connection with the recipients of the scholarship that the faculty at Brenner have created with her.
“I’m looking forward to being involved in knowing who that student is, what they’re doing, where they end up practicing, and hearing from them about how they are doing in their career,“ she says.
Creating a Legacy of Giving
For Brenda and her husband, it’s particularly important that their children understand the importance of giving back. Whenever possible, they make sure that the kids are involved in their family’s giving.
“The children need to know that this is how the world works—that when you’re successful and able to give back, you do it in ways that are meaningful to you and to the institutions you’re giving to,” Brenda explains. “It’s the right thing to do.”NEXT ARTICLE
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