Owensboro Health | Lift | March 2019

2 • Momentum “Here’s the rank. It goes Kim, then General Freels and then me, and I’m the entertainment committee,” said Marion Tinsley — with a raucous laugh that echoes through the hallway of Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital (OHMCH) and a hand gesture that illustrates the pecking order of the hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehab facility. Mr. Tinsley is a lifelong resident of Central City. Kim Brumfield is the facility’s nurse supervisor and “General Freels” is Theresa Freels, RN, who takes care of the patients and day-to-day operations regarding rehabilitation. “Theresa is tough,” Kim chimed in. “But it’s because she really cares about her patients and wants them to get better. She is the heartbeat of what goes on here.” A happy heart Everyone at OHMCH knows Mr. Tinsley, the larger-than-life character that helped found the Central City Country Club, sat on the board of a local financial institution for many years and became a fixture of the Central City Methodist Church. At 87 years old, he has yet to slow down. “I missed my rehab yesterday,” he remarked. “Had to go to Fairview and get tomatoes. I got 40 pounds. I don’t make any money off of ‘em, but I give them to people and make friends.” Kim has experienced this generosity personally. “A couple of years ago, I got home from work and saw some peaches and tomatoes on my table,” she said. “I asked my husband where they came from and he said, ‘I don’t know. Some old man in a toboggan walked in and set them on the table and left without saying a word.’ It didn’t take me long to figure out it was Marion. I didn’t even know he knew where I lived. I offered to pay him, but he wouldn’t let me. He’s got a big heart.” Marion Tinsley, pulmonary rehab patient and chairman of the entertainment committee. Richard Shaver, longtime cardiac rehab patient. heart to Momentum A MUHLENBERG COUNTY SPECIAL SECTION In memoriam of Mr. Marion Tinsley: “Our pecking order will never be the same. We will miss your life-giving sense of humor, the laugh that echoed down these hallways and your willingness to share — whether it be tomatoes or advice. Thank you for the memories.” — Sincerely, the pulmonary and cardiac rehab team and patients