This week our country celebrates Thanksgiving, which is a great time to just pause, reflect and appreciate what we have in our lives. It is easy to get caught up in our challenges and stressors and forget how fortunate we are in our personal lives, in our community and at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals (CJW).
A quick fact check on Wikipedia showed that the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. It was officially recognized as a Federal Holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. A lot has changed since those times, but the fundamental tenet of recognizing the importance of being thankful hasn’t. So, I asked the Executive team at CJW to briefly share their thoughts on what they are thankful for this year.
Brandon Haushalter, CEO Johnston Willis:
I am thankful to have been blessed with such a wonderful wife and two beautiful little boys. As they continue to grow and develop I am continually amazed with the true joy of being a father. I am also thankful to have the opportunity professionally to work with great people first at Chippenham and now at Johnston-Willis. This has been a big year of transition, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the new relationships I have developed and very thankful for the opportunity.
Chad Christianson, Chief Operating Officer – Chippenham Hospital
I have an incredible amount to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I am thankful that my wife’s pregnancy has been a happy and healthy one as we look forward to welcoming our 3rd son in December. I am thankful for my two little boys Caden (6) and Chance (3) who continue to grow and each day, I could not be more proud of them both and they bring Ansley and I so much happiness. This year has been one of great change and I am very thankful to the Chippenham teams for making my family and I feel so welcome. I am very fortunate to be part of such a caring organization that has a great history of providing high quality compassionate care to the Richmond community.
Dr. Michael Menen, Chief Medical Officer
Every evening, my family tries to have dinner together. Before we eat we always tell each other what we are most grateful for in our day. Taking this moment opens our eyes to the multitude of blessings that continually surround us. I am so thankful for this moment with my family.
Trula Minton, Chief Nursing Officer – Chippenham Hospital
I have so many blessings for which I am grateful. First of all, I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends. I am thankful for the many opportunities offered to me each day to be a productive human being who is able to contribute to the collective good of the world. I am thankful for being able to have another year of being a colleague of the people at CJW who provide comfort and healing each day. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to “cuddle” a NICU baby and make him smile and sleep.
Sandy Aderholt, Chief Nursing Officer – Johnston-Willis Hospital
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity I have been given to lead nursing at Johnston-Willis Hospital. This has truly been a rewarding experience and one that I am truly grateful for, as I am so excited to be working with our phenomenal nursing team every day. Personally, I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband that supports my career and finally, I am truly thankful for my most rewarding role ever….. to have raised three loving sons that make me smile and laugh on a daily basis!
Lynn Strader, Chief Financial Officer
What a wonderful year this has been and there is so much to be thankful for. I am truly thankful for my husband and 2 wonderful sons, both of whom will be home from college to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. I am thankful for health and happiness and wish that for everyone. What else is there!
Betsy Blair, Chief Operating Officer – Tucker Pavilion
Upon awakening, I recite the mantra/prayer, “I thank you, God, for most this amazing, most this amazing day”. This recital helps to commit my focus and realization that each day is a gift, full of offerings and choices. It reminds me to live responsibly in my freedom, show gratitude for all things present, and abide in my true self. I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope the holiday can offer you restoration and peace.
Tim McManus, Chief Executive Officer – Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals
When I reflect on this last year a couple of thoughts immediately come to mind for things I am thankful for in my life. I am incredibly blessed and fortunate to have a wife and three children that make my day, every day. The time I get to spend with them is a gift. In many ways I wish I could just freeze this point in my life because I come home from work and get the warmest embraces from my children as if I had been away for months.
I am thankful for a great year of health. My whole life I have heard people be thankful for good health and it wasn’t until I got sick 5 years ago that I realized what that really meant. This year for the first time I publicly shared my personal medical journey with Cardiac Sarcoidosis. I have had my best health year yet!
I am thankful for what I get to see and hear from employees and patients at CJW every day. When I am feeling challenged by issues at work, I take a break and round through the hospital. It is a great reminder that this is a lot more than just a job. The work done in our hospitals is truly life changing and I get to see it first-hand.
What are you thankful for this year?