In Loving Memory of Jessica Simmerman
Director of Operations
Jessica joined the Loehr Health team in April 2015. As Loehr Health’s Resident Improvement Specialist, Jessica was skilled at determining solutions for our internal processes. Her strategic thinking allowed Loehr Health to balance its growth without sacrificing patient care. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family and coaching her kids at their sporting events.
UPDATED: April 6, 2021
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳? How do you delegate that task when the one you’d delegate to first is gone and all of her support team cannot understand what is happening either?
𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗸. 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸.
𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻, 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟯, 2021.
There is no playbook for grief. There is no checklist for how we are supposed to navigate dealing with our emotional and autonomic physical reactions to the news of her death. (Trust us, Jessica would have left a staff training manual for how to deal with grief if such a thing existed…she left us checklists, how-to manuals, and training guides for every.little.thing.)
Jessica joined our team in April 2015 and completely transformed our company. It’s an understatement to say we would not be who we are today without her. She was a natural leader who saw potential roadblocks to achieving her goals and overcame them with grace. More than that, Jessica was our family. We shared the trials of parenthood and celebrated our children’s successes together. Her husband and two children will always be a part of the Loehr Health family.We will miss her laugh, her ‘hidden’ Dr. Pepper, and reminding us to “check the spreadsheet.” Jessica was an inspiration to everyone she met and was an amazing mother, wife, friend, colleague, coach, church leader, and community advocate.
It feels callous for us to be at work. To delegate her workload. And to attempt to begin writing multiple job descriptions in an effort to find help for all of the tasks she accomplished. With each reminder, we are jolted between sorrow and numbness.
Sleep has been sparse. After all, the phone call chain late Saturday night into the early hours of Easter morning were just part of some horrible nightmare…right? The vigil attended by your fellow team members on Sunday couldn’t have happened, right? Monday came and went. Jessica did not come to the office. We keep telling ourselves that she is on vacation at her favorite pier, and that she will be back in a week. But, then we are faced with the reality that she has left us and is cheering us on from Heaven.
𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆, 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗕𝘂𝘁, 𝘄𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗳𝗼𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗜𝗳 𝗮 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁—𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂. 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗳. 𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗿. 𝗪𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗟𝗼𝗲𝗵𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗳 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴.
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆, 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀.
𝗪𝗲’𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁.