When it rains it pours, the saying goes. And for early summer in Northern Kentucky it has certainly been true. Too much rain, though it didn’t hamper any enthusiasm for the rich opportunities to celebrate—whether it was Major League Baseball or Covington’s birthday, the Florence Freedom or Big Bone, Southbank’s riverfront development or CVG’s new vacation flights.

All these things are among the reasons we are happy to call this place “home.” Good people are another.

Local Changes at St. Elizabeth 

We’re happy to see a local boy make good—real good—as Ludlow’s own Garren Colvin was named CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the region’s largest employer. The choice of Colvin was a popular one among hospital employees—just listen to the buzz in the hallways. He has been with the hospital for 32 years, starting as a co-op student while at Thomas More College and worked his way up to senior VP/CFO. He grew up in Ludlow and now lives in Crescent Springs with his wife and two daughters and is a life-long Northern Kentuckian.

He is a breath of fresh air, as well. Deeply involved already in the community, he understands the importance of community engagement and of providing quality health care to his “neighbors.”

“Nothing is as important as treating our friends, our neighbors and our families,” he told me in an interview.

Gift of Sight

What a feel-good story this is: Baby Piper Sinclair got a pair of tiny pink glasses thanks to Dr. Josiah Young of Opticare Vision Centers in Newport. Dr. Young is an InfantSee participant—that’s a national program that provides no-cost eye exams for infants. Piper is 10 months old. Her mom, Jessica, of Bridgetown, made a video of Piper’s reaction when she could see clearly for the first time. The precious expression of sheer happiness took the video viral internationally—more than 15 million views—and propelled it to national news.

For Dr. Young, who lives with his wife and two children in Fort Thomas, it reaffirms his joy in his work: “This is why I love to come to work everyday. ” He hopes this video will also encourage more parents to have their young children’s eyes checked. “I hope this will help raise awareness of the importance of getting early eye examinations.”

Piper was farsighted, though that’s not something she could tell anybody. Her joy at seeing clearly certainly speaks loudly enough for all to hear.

Healthy Support

Sharing another success story, well-known local attorney and author Kevin Murphy took the message in his award-winning book, Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer, to the Stowe Weekend of Hope in Vermont again this year to rousing reviews. Once a year, the entire mountain town becomes an advocate for cancer survivors, and Murphy’s message about the “other victims” of cancer—the family members—resonates. Murphy tells his own personal story—how his wife survived but their marriage did not, sharing lessons learned about how to cope with the emotional side of cancer.

On the lawyer side, Murphy was the lead trial counsel in a case against Grant Thornton, one of the largest accounting firms in the world, getting a $100 million verdict for William Yung and his family after a seven-week trial. He has now opened up his own law offices, focusing on commercial and personal injury litigation, FELA, and acting as settlement counsel.

He plans to do more writing and speaking around the country about his book.