Just as quickly as time comes, it goes away just as fast. Often we lose sight of the here and now, until unexpectedly we receive the reminder that our time here on Earth is limited. The bell of time rang true when one of our own, Miss Anna Lavespere, was sadly taken due to a battle with cancer. Anna was an Occupational Therapist by day and an incredible artist by night who had a heart for helping others.
While Anna mainly kept to herself, she left a huge impact on our company. In fact, CEO Tiffany Stevens said it best stating, “The therapy world does not have many therapists like Anna around anymore. She loved her work and all of her patients. She will be remembered as a wonderful OT, co-worker, and patient advocate”. Anna had a way with her patients that was profound. Whether it be working above and beyond her asked duties, or staying when weather strikes and patients need to be moved to safer areas. No matter the situation, Anna was there to help.
One of Anna’s co-workers said, “as a person Anna was caring, sweet, and thoughtful. As a co-worker she was talented, a patient advocate, and a teacher to anyone that was willing to learn”. Another talent Anna possessed was that of an artist. Anna enjoyed time outside of work painting and drawing pictures. One friend said, “It’s quite humbling to know how talented she was”. It’s no surprise that Anna carried more than just the talent of being a good OT, she also was an underground Picasso.
While her art will forever be a legacy that she leaves behind, Progressive Rehab also wanted to contribute to that legacy. Thus, we will be planting a magnolia tree outside the facility where she worked. Anna will be missed by many and it is our hope that this tree sparks encouragement from others to be more like Anna; passionate, a patient advocate, and artistic in their own way.
May we also never forget how precious our time on this planet is and may all lead a life full of love and happiness. Don’t let time pass by without smelling the roses, or in this case, the magnolia tree.