Message from the CEO - April 2018

Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong and never be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.

I was reminded of this excerpt from the West Point Cadet Prayer last week by new Board member Dr. Christopher Colenda and found that it perfectly captured the approach we’ve taken at Cardinal Innovations recently. A few months ago, we commissioned an investigation of the activities leading up to the departure of and severance payment to Richard Topping and other executives. The decision to conduct an investigation wasn't one we made lightly, but I knew that to truly rebuild the relationships and trust with the people we serve, we had to to collect the facts and do what was right. Based on the findings of that investigation, the Board of Directors decided to take legal action and last week, we filed a lawsuit to recoup severance paid to Richard Topping. As this situation plays out in our legal system, I know that regardless of what happens, Cardinal Innovations and our Board of Directors made the right decision for our members and families.

With that, I’d encourage you – members, families, providers, or just interested citizens – to join us at one of our Board of Directors meetings. There is always an opportunity for public comment. Information on upcoming meetings is kept up-to-date on our website. The next two meetings are scheduled for April 28 and June 11 in Charlotte and Chapel Hill respectively. More details can be found on our Board of Directors page here.

Now, I’d like to tell you about some special events we held last month in Henderson, Concord, and Winston-Salem to honor people with IDD diagnoses during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. In Henderson, we helped put on “The Sky is the Limit" annual talent and fashion show with our partners at Community Workforce Solutions. The event brought out more than 300 people and saw some pretty talented singers, dancers, and fashion show participants. There is a great article about it in the Henderson Dispatch here.

Inspired by the success of Henderson's annual event, we put on the first ever IDD resource fair and talent show in Cabarrus County called “We've Got Talent." This inaugural event had so much energy and engagement. The over 300 people who came got to see some super skilled performers including singers, an Elvis impersonator, dancers, a martial artist and more.

And in Winston-Salem last week we partnered with The Enrichment Center to host a new event called “Together We Have No Limits” to recognize and show appreciation for contributions made by the IDD population to their community. Over 100 people came out with their families and friends to have learning, fellowship and fun. After hosting some great training sessions for both members and their families, everyone stuck around for some fun with a dinner, music, and dancing.

While we love being involved with events like this each March, it is our goal to shine a light on the skills and talents of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities all year long.

I would also like to invite you to attend one of the town hall meetings and Narcan kit assembly events we’re hosting in Burlington, Charlotte, Henderson and Winston-Salem, in the upcoming weeks. We have thousands of kits to assemble at each location so the more hands, the better! 

We are continuing to make great forward progress as an organization and I hope that each of you are feeling and seeing that progress in your communities.
Trey Sutten, CEO
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
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