When people help other people we become a better society, filled with a greater sense of purpose and appreciation for one another. We typically look to our incredible member community of nearly 100,000 households across the country to illustrate this sense of helping others through sharing and taking ownership over their healthcare needs to benefit the whole. We see heartfelt stories of selfless giving and support through sharing dollars, prayer requests, encouragement and an active online community.
But one person stands out that was both a member of that community and a member of the Liberty HealthShare family: Malinda Bise, a Liberty HealthShare employee who passed away suddenly at the end of January. She gave so much to the organization and its members, priding herself on her work and diligence. Malinda set her own goal–beyond the typical expectations of her role–to take at least 100 calls per day or more.
With a background in medical billing, she consistently helped members in whatever way she could, calling providers and getting the necessary information to help with bill processing. She loved Liberty HealthShare members and truly enjoyed her work.
Desire to Survive and Thrive
Prior to her time at Liberty HealthShare, Malinda battled addiction for many years. Last year, she decided to move from her home in Texas to Ohio so she could access the resources at Hope House 4 Women (HH4W). Her time at HH4W and employment at Liberty HealthShare provided a much-needed support system for her while she worked on getting healthy.
Pastor John Stallings, Malinda’s friend and a co-founder of HH4W, said Malinda was a woman with “a huge heart for people, especially those at the margins of society.” She fought for the underdog, even when she was going through hard times.
He believes that quality care is part of what endeared her to her coworkers at Liberty. She was supportive of them and loved them during their time working together. He added that seven members of Liberty HealthShare supervisory staff shared memories at her funeral—a testament to her impact and how much she will be missed.
Malinda only worked at Liberty for a short time, but her impact was felt by many. According to a coworker, Malinda was outgoing, kind and willing to go out of her way to help others. She embodied the values, work ethic and compassion for people that Liberty believes in and encourages its staff and member community to live.
Running for a Cause
To honor Malinda and the positive impact she continues to have, we are raising funds through our inaugural “Life at Liberty” 5k and Fun Run on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. to support HH4W and its continuous endeavors to help those in greatest need.
All proceeds will go to benefit the Hope House 4 Women (HH4W), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides sober living homes for women in Liberty’s hometown of Canton, Ohio. The ministry offers food, clothing, shelter and other necessary services for women, helping them in their recovery and supporting the restoration of family relationships.
Liberty members and staff will participate, as well as anyone in the community, at any fitness level. Whether you're running, walking or videotaping your kids running the Kid's Fun Run dash and mini obstacle course, there's something for everyone!
At Liberty HealthShare, we are invested in the stewardship of member funds and member health. We believe our bodies are given to us by God as gifts and, as such, are something to be cared for. We encourage our members and staff to find ways to challenge and nurture their bodies and reap the many benefits of improved health.
If you are interested in supporting the work of HH4W, visit their website.