Published: Synapse Magazine, Fall 2009
Right off the tee, the budding relationship between The Chester County Hospital and one of the top 10 ranked American golf professionals Sean O'Hair may seem to be an unlikely twosome. He is focused on winning championships; we are focused on quality healthcare. Where golf and healthcare intersect is where this novel affiliation begins. Every June, The Chester County Hospital Invitational golf tournament benefits women's and children's health services. Sean lives locally with his wife, Jackie, and their three children - Molly, Luke and Grady. Their youngest was born at the Hospital just a few weeks after Sean gave his time in support of the Invitational, leading a putting demonstration for 125 golfers.
The audience at the demonstration was mainly men from corporate settings. Sean's lesson was geared toward effective putting. He spoke from experience on the importance of rhythm, posture and breathing.
Several golfing obstetricians and a few labor and delivery nurses were listening to the lesson about golf, but may have heard the unintentional similarities between getting ready to putt and getting ready to deliver a baby, where equal importance is placed on rhythm, posture and breathing.
Sean suggests, "Think about not thinking." For golfers, his suggestion was to look and react. For mothers in labor, the key is to listen and relax. Just like putting, the solution is feeling comfortable, practicing, and keeping your level of stress low.
After the demonstration, he privately shared his thoughts on his greater passion - fatherhood.
"The first time I saw my daughter, my whole perspective on life changed. Then when my son was born, I wondered how can I love anyone as much or more? Is it possible? It has been life changing." At the time of the Invitational, Sean and his wife were still a few weeks shy of the delivery of their third child at The Chester County Hospital, which was recommended to them by their former obstetrician who retired from a competing hospital.
By supporting the Invitational through the gift of time, Sean gave back to the hospital that is now a part of his family's life. The Hospital raised more than $20,000 at the outing in support of healthcare for women and children. This year's funds were used to purchase special equipment for the Labor and Delivery Unit. Proceeds from the previous two years supported highly technical equipment for the babies in the NICU.
By Lisa M. Huffman
To learn more about how you can support The Chester County Hospital, call 610.431.5108.
Last Updated: 3/15/2010