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A day for thanks

In healthcare (I dare say perhaps more than any industry), gratitude grows from the bonds we create as we serve faithfully and it comes from being part of a team where we are in it together.



Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a tradition started by the Pilgrims who settled in America, according to Wikipedia. “Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated originally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War.” Thanksgiving is regarded as being the beginning of the fall-winter holiday season, along with Christmas and the New Year, in American culture.

That’s the short of the long history behind the celebration of Thanksgiving. Now I plan delightful variations for the leftover of my roasted turkey on the dinner table that will fill my brown bag in the next few days. The hazelnut aroma from my coffee makes me run through the so many people and things I am grateful for.

Thanksgiving holds different meanings for each of us; perhaps even changing from year to year. For some, it’s about being together with family or cooking holiday favorites. For others, it’s about watching football or enjoying some much-deserved down time. Personally, it’s my favorite holiday. Not just because of the food and football — although I do love those — but because the focus isn’t on gifts, but rather thanks.

In healthcare (I dare say perhaps more than any industry), gratitude grows from the bonds we create as we serve faithfully and it comes from being part of a team where we are in it together. I have been fortunate throughout my career, both in healthcare and as a volunteer in a charitable organization, to have worked with people who put service before self.

I am inspired by the gratitude I see in people around me every day. Whether it’s a sincere “thank you” to a teammate who helps pick up dropped items or a thoughtful recognition of a colleague’s contributions to a team success, these actions create a culture where values of safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence thrive.

I am thankful to work alongside team members who embrace and embody a commitment to safe care, to make patients better today and healthier tomorrow.

I’m grateful for the open and transparent conversations around safety and commitment to patient-centered care and outstanding clinical outcomes. I’m surrounded by individuals who want to make a difference, who strive to do more tomorrow than we did today.

I’m amazed every day by the teamwork and compassion I see. Our days are filled with little moments with tremendous impact: staff escorting a family to a clinic or getting down to eye level to talk with a child. These moments improve the patient experience, but more importantly foster connection that could lead to life-long relationships with patients and their families.

I see excellence every day in the strong, talented people working diligently to provide the care needed by patients regardless of the time of day. When a family faces a health concern or crisis; excellent care and service by individuals going the extra mile is ready for them.

Finally, I’m grateful for leaders with servant hearts in every corner of the organizations I have been affiliated with —- regardless of title. Thank you for stepping up to make life better for our patients and each other.