We're starting a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contirbutors to our boucing baby website. For our first edition, we're spotlighting Don Butterfield -- one of our very first contributors and the Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.
1. Tell us: What’s your day job, and what’s your favorite part of doing what you do?
I’ve overseen public relations, marketing and business development for hospitals for more than 28 years. So when the opportunity to launch a brand-new hospital from the ground up presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital opened in 2018 and is the first hospital of its kind in this community in more than 35 years. Unfortunately, Nevada struggles significantly when it comes to mental health and addiction. It is very fulfilling to build and promote a resource that our community so desperately needs. My favorite part of my day is interacting with patients, providing encouragement and putting a smile on their face. I find inspiration in the courage these patients have as they continue their treatment journey.
2. Why do you choose to contribute to JTP?
Unfortunately, we are surrounded by so much negativity every day, particularly in the headlines. I was honored to be approached to contribute stories related to mental health and addiction. There are so many people doing incredible things for the betterment of our community. Hopefully their stories inspire others to follow suit, find their passion and get involved.
3. Who would you say is the most positive person in your life, and how do they show their epic positivity?
Definitely my wife, Liz, and our son Tyler. They always manage to put a smile on my face. Even if I’m having a bad day, they always manage to offer a positive spin. They inspire me to realize that even the simplest acts of kindness can make a big difference. Positivity is contagious. Simple gestures such as a warm smile, words of encouragement, or offering a helping hand can all have a profound impact.
4. What rocks about living and working in Reno?
I love our sense of community. We are a small enough town where people can pitch in and contribute to make a difference. I moved here 15 years ago, and I found people to be very welcoming and accommodating. My family felt like part of the community almost immediately. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place that is truly a world-class destination. I enjoy skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. We are fortunate to have the great outdoors of the Sierras and Lake Tahoe right in our back yard.
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