Our Deepest Gratitude
This past weekend I received news that Dr. Caruso had passed away. The tragedy of losing someone that has impacted so many lives is one that is hard to put into words. There are so many grateful for his lifetime of dedication to Maricopa Integrated Health System, The Arizona Bun Center and the Maricopa Health Foundation.
The first thing Dr. Caruso said to me in a recent discussion about what is most important for the future of our health system was “succession”. I would imagine that when facing a potentially terminal diagnosis that it becomes easier to see how critical it is to think of the next generations. Based on how many people I continue to meet that speak so fondly of his mentorship, I know that it was part of his true nature, not just a final call to action.
Isaac Newton is notable for saying, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This was my first thought when hearing of Dr. Caruso’s death. But in looking for its origin, I found that this was first attributed to Bernard of Chartres, due to John of Salisbury when he wrote: “Bernard of Chartres used to compare us to dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. He pointed out that we see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature.”
This is Dr. Caruso’s legacy, his succession plan if you will. He lifted others through his enduring love. Only a few have the ability to truly love – to listen carefully enough, patient enough as to see what is most important to touch and what to leave alone. The world has been touched through his unique ability to love; from his wife Diane, to family, to Jason Schechterle, Dr. Foster, supporting Burn Center staff, and countless others I have never met, we are grateful to have been part of his journey.
The Maricopa Health Foundation is deeply humbled and grateful for you Dr. Caruso.
CEO Maricopa Health Foundation