With gratitude for the Skilled Nursing Unit of Sampson Regional Medical Center, Shelia Kempf recently presented a special painting to the hospital in memory of her father, Henry Matthis.
“The painting is in memory of my father and also in appreciation of the care and compassion given by Sampson Regional Medical Center and the Skilled Nursing Unit staff,” said Kempf.
Kempf’s father was a patient on the Skilled Nursing Unit in spring 2011 and remained a resident there until he passed away in July 2011. Prior to that time, Kempf’s mother, Lillie Mae Matthis, was also a resident on the unit. The family was deeply appreciative of the care and compassion shown to them during difficult times. “Not only was my father given the best treatment anyone could ask for in his last months with us, but my mother stayed in the Skilled Nursing Unit for several months recovering from back surgery and was given excellent treatment,” Kempf explained. From the heart, Kempf expressed that the Skilled Nursing Unit was like a home away from home for her family.
The painting, “Gone Fishing,” hangs in the Skilled Nursing Unit day room. With vibrant color and beautiful landscapes, the painting captures a man standing on his boat among lush foliage and his fishing pole cast into calm waters. The concept originated because of Mr. Matthis’ love and appreciation of nature’s beauty and love of fishing. Kempf did not have the opportunity to go fishing with her father, who is near and dear to her heart, as a child because he came into her life during her mid-20s. However, he often took his only biological daughter, Dana Matthis, fishing in a small boat very similar to the one depicted in the painting.
The donated painting is a special gift for the hospital, SRMC officials noted. While placed in memory of one patient, the painting is a daily reminder of the privilege to care for all who enter the doors of Sampson Regional Medical Center.
“The Skilled Nursing Unit provides excellent care to its residents, and we are proud to have dedicated and compassionate nursing staff, such as those who cared for Mr. and Mrs. Matthis, on our team,” said Amber Cava, director of Marketing & Community Relations.
Shelia Kay Boykin Kempf was born and raised in Clinton. She describes the unique style of her paintings as her own interpretation of realism. Her paintings reflect the true vision of a scene as she perceives it. Shelia’s paintings come from the study of her own photographs, which she brings to life on canvas. Painting is her way of relaxing—allowing an expression of her passion to flow through to the canvas to be shared with others. Her artwork includes many different scenes: landscapes, seascapes, lighthouses, architecture, and portraits. Shelia’s desire is to bring joy to people when they view her paintings. She says, “I want each individual to feel as if they could walk right into my painting.”
See her work at Shelia Kempf Artworks www.sheliakempf.com
Sampson Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is a progressive healthcare facility located in Clinton, NC. SRMC has served the medical needs of the people in Sampson County since 1950. The 146-bed facility offers a full range of medical services—from outpatient surgery, radiology, and nuclear medicine to cardiopulmonary and pediatrics. SRMC provides comprehensive hospital and community-based services that preserve and restore health, provide comfort, and maintain dignity for all who seek care.