"You never know what lies around the corner," Sherleen Scheibly says when talking about her life and her connection to Carle.
When she arrived at Carle as a nurse anesthetist, she never expected to work at the hospital for as long as she did?39 years. And she never expected to play a role in Carle's history, but she did.
Sherleen was the nurse who gave the anesthesia (CRNA) who assisted Dr. Michael Novak when he performed Illinois' first cochlear implant at Carle in 1984. "It was so exciting to be a part of a procedure that would help so many," she remembers.
"Carle's Expanding Children's Hearing Opportunities program is a marvelous thing," Sherleen says. "I've known people who are profoundly deaf and yet, you can hardly tell the children in Carle's program have any hearing loss."
When The Carle Foundation announced plans in 2008 to open a building dedicated to children with hearing loss, Sherleen made a gift and named a room in the facility. Her steadfast generosity continues today with annual gifts that satisfy the membership requirements for Carle's Circle of Friends and the Women's Legacy Circle.
"Carle has been extremely good to me," Sherleen explains, noting that whenever her family faced serious medical issues, Carle was always there. "It gives me a lot of pleasure knowing that I'm helping others."
For 33 of her 39 years at Carle, Sherleen worked with Albert Spohrer, a fellow nurse anesthetist. They reconnected in recent years with a little help from Carle. And although she never expected to marry again after her husband died, she and Al are now man and wife.