The Crittenton Foundation recently received a six figure pledge from the Don G. and Ernestine Pixley Family. The gift pays tribute to the family patriarch, Don, who passed away in 2010. Their generosity demonstrates that Crittenton’s individualized, patient-centered care creates powerful bonds between caregivers and our patients.
Don, a polio survivor, was a hard worker known for his quick sense of humor and compassion for others. Despite facing many health challenges throughout his life, he is remembered for putting others’ needs before his own. “He was a great friend to everyone. Both Don and Ernie value people more than anything, and that’s what makes them so special,” said Dr. Daniel White, a family friend and Crittenton physician. Together, Don and Ernie ran Pixley Funeral Home and cultivated a large but close-knit community of family and friends, including four children and five grandchildren.
This community includes many of Crittenton’s physicians, nurses and employees. Over the course of his lifetime, Don trusted Crittenton to restore his health and save his life on numerous occasions. While vacationing in 2008, a life-threatening fall required Don be admitted to the hospital. The family made plans to reach Crittenton as quickly as possible. “We knew we needed to be at Crittenton, because they always treat us like family,” said Ernie.
Their gratitude and love for Crittenton inspired the Pixley Family to take an active role in supporting the hospital. Don served on Crittenton’s Foundation Board of Directors and the RehabCentre Community Advisory Board. “My father felt strongly that Crittenton is invaluable to our community,” said Vern Pixley. “He wanted to make sure it is here for his family, even after he was gone.”
Upon Don’s passing, the Pixley family was grateful that he spent his last days at their community hospital. “We always knew—and still do—that Crittenton is there for us,” said Ernie Pixley. “Whether it’s the birth of a grandchild, a serious emergency, or my knee replacement – the staff shows so much compassion. I’ve never felt alone at Crittenton and that is why it will always be our hospital.”