By Cynthia Germain
The Door County Medical Center Foundation helps those experiencing a financial crisis through the Brighter Day Fund. Established in honor of Bob Scieszinski, previous CFO of the organization, at his retirement three years ago, the Brighter Day Fund covers basic living expenses for people dealing with a mental health difficulty and is specifically designed to get them through a financial emergency. Scieszinski was an ardent advocate for mental health services and his efforts led to the formation of behavioral health services at DCMC with a dedicated staff that includes two licensed clinical social workers and a nurse practitioner. Brian Stephens, Chief Administrative Officer of the Door County Medical Center, says that the social workers work with families to determine their needs without any formal application process and that eliminating the bureaucracy to help those in crisis is essential.
Funds for Brighter Day were initially seeded through the efforts of a predetermined team at the annual golf marathon and has been continually supported through the generosity of Door County Medical Center employees.