I'm getting ready to hit the skies (wish me luck with the new TSA security measures) to join my family in New York for the Thanksgiving holiday. It's easy to let this holiday slip by with the focus that is placed on Christmas and early sales and decorating and parties and eating…so I want to take a moment to observe this, Thanksgiving, by giving a quick list of just a few of the many things I am thankful for here at Good Samaritan. Feel free to add your own items via the "comments" section below.
I am thankful for...
...the best staff anywhere right here at Good Samaritan Hospital. That includes everyone who has a hand in carrying out our mission—no matter their department, no matter their home base, no matter their cost center. If you're here, you're working to carry out our mission and I am so honored to be among you all. You provide outstanding care and services in very genuine and hardworking ways. That honesty shows every day.
...truly amazing physicians on the GSH medical staff. We may be in the middle of rural America, but there is absolutely nothing rustic about the skill of our physicians. They are experts in fields on the cutting edge of medicine, and they are here to provide that expertise to the residents of our region. They're also a great bunch of men and women that I've truly enjoyed getting to know.
...the generosity of our staff and physicians. Our final United Way and GSH Foundation campaigns combined to total more than $66,000! Among other things, those funds will be used to help those less fortunate, to help subsidize programs for our community's children, to support programs and services here at Good Samaritan, and to boost the ambiance at our new cafeteria. I am truly thankful for these gifts.
...those who will be working on Thanksgiving. We're in a unique line of work where we never, ever shut our doors. We're never closed and that means people are always here, always working, always caring for others—even on holidays. My thanks to those who are taking time away from their families for their shifts at work this Thanksgiving weekend.
...the big muddy mess on the west side of our campus. That commotion means construction is underway—and that's exciting! We're growing to meet the needs of our community, our patients, our physicians and our staff. Our project is moving right along thanks to a variety of construction crews, and I like seeing their progress.
...the opportunity to work with such a great community of people right here in central Nebraska!
God has bestowed many blessings on us here at Good Samaritan, and in our own personal lives as well. I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.
P.S. I'm also thankful for the thoughtfulness of our departments who are offering Thanksgiving baskets for visitors in our gathering rooms. Here's a shot from 2 North with their overflowing goody basket.