According to Google’s translation service, my headline means “New Neighbors!” in German. This week, I happened to be in town hall when a lovely woman, Johanna, stopped in to find out more about her new place of residence. As we spoke, she told me that she was from Germany and had never been to the United States before, so she really didn’t know where to begin with her questions.
Carolyn, the receptionist at Town Hall, supplied her with maps and website information and a registration form for her new dog, along with a welcome packet for the area. I took her email address and contacted my neighbor, Angela Jakeway, who is also from Germany and is a language specialist at UNCC. Angela, though out of town, is excited to email our new Huntersville citizen and help her sift through the differences in our countries and languages.
And Inge Garrison, my friend and nursing supervisor at Presbyterian Huntersville, happened to call me asking about a German company in town (Saertex) and I mentioned our new resident. See, Inge grew up in Germany and knows the language and culture quite well. Inge volunteered to help with doctor recommendations and anything else Johanna might need:
Herzlich Willkommen in Huntersville!
My name is Inge Garrison I am the Sr. Director of Patient Care Services at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville. I heard of your family’s recent move to Huntersville through Jill Swain and told her I would reach out to you.
On behalf of our facility and network physicians we welcome you to Huntersville and we hope that you choose Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville as the healthcare provider for you and your family. I am attaching our website link so you can evaluate our services from home.
Please feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns!
Ingeborg Garrison RN MSN
SR Director Patient Care Services
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville
As it happens, when the International Wheelchair competition comes to our area, the women’s team from Germany has opted to come a week early to enjoy the area and they will be here the beginning of August. I could declare this “Welcome to Huntersville from Germany” month, but I think our German visitors and new residents will already feel welcome. We’ve got residents who work so hard to embrace others to our community…..THAT’S why people choose to move here.