S: CMS Memories - Joseph J. Chiaro, MD
BC: The End
FC: A butterfly measures not in minutes, but in moments. ~Unknown | CMS Memories | Joseph J. Chiaro, MD
1: I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend. ~ Freddie Mercury
2: Speaking Engagements on Behalf of Our CMS Kids
3: Ground Breaking Ceremony - New CMS Building in Brevard County
4: We only part to meet again. ~John Gay
5: G | Grand Opening of CMS Panama City Facility
6: Notes of Thanks from CMS Fort Pierce Staff | Thank you for your unwavering leadership and upport for the last several years. You have been such an inspiration to us and an awesome advocate for our special needs children. Your shoes will be hard to fill! We will miss you greatly and wish you good luck in your future endeavors. ~Sharon Armstrong, Program Manager | Thank you for your amazing dedication of service. You will truly be missed. ~ Jessica Stubbs, Senior Clerk | You were such an advocate for CMS and our families. May you be blessed in all your future journeys. You will be missed. ~Gina Masters, Social Worker | You are already missed. The way in which you shared yourself with CMS staff was so important. I recall no other deputy whose name was so readily known to all employees. It was a privilege to work with you and I send best wishes for a wonderful future for you and your family. ~ Faye Nickerson, Nursing Supervisor | You are and always will be our hero! Everything you said and everything you did made us feel like we were on top of a mountain. Our hearts swelled with pride under your leadership. Our daily work improved because you believed in us, and yes, Dr. Chiaro, we are in it to win it! ~Ellen Pruitt, Nursing Director
7: CMS Fort Pierce
8: Memories of China - Speaker at the Neonatal Pediatric Symposium in Beijing and Hong Kong
10: Visits to
11: CMS Daytona
12: Toasting to Vicki and Bob's Marriage and Honeymoon Trip to Belize
13: Letter of Appreciation From Dr. and Mrs. Schiebler
14: Notes of Appreciation | I remember Joe from his days as a medical student in Gainesville and as on of the founding CPT medical directors. All I can say is that we were all a lot younger then... ~Sam H. Moorer, Jr., M.D. | Thank you so much for your service in these past six years as Deputy Secretary. I know you have always been an advocate and supporter of the Child Protection Team System both outwardly and behind the scenes. I will very much miss your leadership as well as your advocacy from this position. At the same time, I know your commitment to kids absolutely comes from your heart, and as such, your advocacy and leadership will continue from whatever you may choose to do in this next chapter of your life. ~ Rick Hess | I am proud to say that I had the privilege to work for you, Dr. Chiaro. There are no words to describe how great of a leader you have been for CMS. You made everyone feel like they made a difference, not matter their job title. Thank you for everything. ~ Stephanie Gordy
15: From CMS Staff | Thank you for the leadership, commitment, political acumen, and humane wisdom that you shared with all of us at Children’s Medical Services. I will never forget your warmth as you welcomed me – a young, nave general pediatrician – to the august crew of seasoned child advocates and public health professionals directing CMS. As Jeff and I were learning the ropes, you swooped in to put our system on a stable path, and the health of the children of South Florida is markedly improved as a result. On a personal level, your mentorship and counsel were immeasurably valuable. Whether my concerns were local or abstract -- your approach was always pragmatic, measured, meaningful and quick. You were and remain always on call, always the intensivist! You also make a remarkable role model and coach. I’ve heard from others of your bedside manner, but I have been fortunate to witness firsthand your ability to gain the confidence of a crowd, to keep humor alive, to remain young in body and spirit, to keep your life balanced, and to always keep the focus on the children. I feel more hopeful, and with time perhaps wiser, for having had the privilege of playing on your team! Thanks, Joe. ~Lee M. Sanders, MD, MPH | Thank you for all your wisdom, your sense of humor, your faith and your commitment to children. ~ With much respect, Julie Meadows-Keefe
16: As Deputy Secretary and a pediatrician with a commitment to children, you inspired your colleagues and CMS staff to give their best and never forget that the future depends, in part, on the actions of many who care for children. - Phyllis Sloyer | It has been both a pleasure and honor to work for you. You are a caring individual who is never afraid to show your true feelings. I admire that quality. The children you work with will be very fortunate. I miss our conversations about our grandchildren. May life's best bless you and yours ! ~ Linda Reynolds | The words "thank you" do not seem adequate to fully express my appreciation for you. You have impacted my life, not only as my leader, but also as my mentor and friend. You are greatly missed! ~ Angela Finch We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan. - Romans 8:28 | Thank you for all your wisdom, your sense of humor, your faith and your commitment to children. ~ With much respect, Julie Meadows-Keefe | The first time I heard you speak I was struck by your personality—the natural warmth and empathy you showed. As the years went by, my admiration deepened. I wish you well in all your future endeavors, knowing that anyone you touch will be blessed. ~Mary Grace Tavel
17: A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. ~ Chinese Proverb | Thank you for making your indelible mark on Children’s Medical Services. ~ The Staff of the Early Steps State Office
18: A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10 | "Beside every great man is a great woman."
20: Words of Advice for Sheriff Joe | Don't squat on yer spurs. There's many theories about arguin' with a woman...none of them work. If somebody outdraws you, walk away. There's plenty o' time to look tough when you're outta' sight. Never drink unless you're alone or with somebody. When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin'. Never kick a cow patty on a hot day. Never corner something meaner than yourself. If your horse ain't wantin' to go there, neither should you. Never give your horse more attention than your wife, unless you like sleepin' in the barn. Never drink downstream from your horse. Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
22: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
23: With Love & Appreciation From Your CMS Family