For 34 years, Henry Gutman worked in materials handling at Johns Hopkins Bayview, and retired four years ago. During this time, he has given back in many ways. Following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, he established a fund for the Johns Hopkins pediatrics department to provide medical education and supplies. He also sponsors an annual award that is given to a member of the materials handling staff who demonstrates outstanding service. In addition, he provides annual support for the Burn Center and Care Center.
His contributions to the Care Center are made through the Tribute of Lights program, an annual event that allows community members to honor or remember a loved one, friend or staff member during the holiday season. His contributions, made in memory of his daughter, support activities that brighten the lives of Care Center residents throughout the year. When donations are received, the name of the donor and the person he or she designates are listed on a special plaque in the Care Center lobby. To celebrate these special gifts, all donors, residents, patients, families, staff and volunteers are invited to the Tribute of Lights outdoor lighting ceremony and reception.
“I have never been personally involved in the Care Center, but the folks there do great work,” Henry says. “For a long-term care facility, I’ve always felt that the Care Center was ahead of its time. It’s not a typical nursing home. I’m very impressed by it. Throughout the Medical Center, you’ll find great staffs who are dedicated to their jobs. I hope I don’t ever need these services, but if I do, I would choose Johns Hopkins Bayview.”