I am sure you are excited about Thanksgiving coming up this week. It is one of those holidays that gets mixed reaction depending on who is responsible for doing the cooking and cleaning. On a more serious note, it is a great opportunity to reflect on what we are most thankful for in our lives. I asked each of the senior leaders to share with me what was top on their list. Here is what they said.
Betsy Blair, COO Tucker Pavilion: “First thing every morning, I say The Lord’s Prayer to myself. It helps center me and set my daily course. I am thankful for my faith, for my bountiful life, for this beautiful planet we inhabit, for music, for animals, and for the love of family and friends.”
Tracy Kemp-Stallings, COO Johnston-Willis: “I am thankful for my good health and for health insurance which allows me preventative care and access to healthcare. In our profession we see firsthand the potential detrimental effects of poor health such as discomfort, fear, trying to make it through the day, and financial instability. I am most grateful for my husband, Tom. Sounds cliché however he is such a positive influence, inspiring me with his friendliness and acts of kindness. Tom’s life principles are personal accountability, fun, inclusiveness, humility, gratitude, and acceptance. Above all Tom’s happiness is derived by making others happy. What a role model for being human. I’m so thankful to our friend who set us up on the blind date, and for the great fortune of being his spouse. I am healthier and happier for it.”
Lynn Strader, CFO: “I am thankful to have a wonderful husband and two wonderful sons. We are celebrating our Thanksgiving with wonderful family on Thursday by enjoying being together and doing our tradition – watching Christmas Vacation.”
Gigi DeBlois, CMO – So much to be thankful for: Becoming a grandparent and seeing the absolute joy with which our daughter and son-in-law assume this new role. The colleagues who have unwaveringly supported me, and let me know that family comes first, as I have dealt with the inevitable challenges of aging and ailing parents.
Trula Minton, CNO Chippenham: “First, I am thankful to live in a country where there are those individuals who volunteer to ensure my freedom, including my cousin who just finished his third tour in Afghanistan with the US Army. Second, I am thankful for those of my family and friends who have had illnesses this year and are now in good health.”
Brandon Haushalter, COO Chippenham: “I am thankful for having found such a warm and welcoming home for my family in Richmond and at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis. My wife and two little boys were troopers for enduring such a big move, and I am so thankful for them every single day! I am also thankful for the entire team at CJW – this past year has been an incredible journey made most impactful by the strong group of individuals I see banding together every single day to make a meaningful difference to our patients. Thank you.”
Sandy Aderholt, CNO Johnston-Willis: “I am truly grateful that all three of my sons have recognized the importance and value of an education. As of this year, all three have completed graduate degrees. My career at CJW certainly contributed to my ability to support them through this long journey.”
I am personally most thankful for two important things. I, like my colleagues, am thankful to be surrounded by a family that supports each other. Secondly, I am thankful for being able to witness firsthand inspiring acts on a regular basis in our hospitals. Patients often come to us at their physical and mental worst. I get the opportunity to see authentic, unscripted, moments of connection where their caretaker, whomever that is, finds a way to lift their spirits and gives them the strength to keep fighting regardless of the adversity. There aren’t too many occupations in the world that you get to see that every day.
Have a great Holiday.
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