Today, March 30, is National Doctors Day. I invite everyone to join me in offering all of the physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital sincere and heartfelt well wishes on this day in their honor.
It almost goes without saying that doctors are key to what we do here at GSH. I say almost because we need to say the words: We couldn’t do what we do best—offer excellent quality care to our patients—if it wasn’t for our physicians. (Yes, everyone on the GSH team plays an important role in this effort, but today it’s about the doctors.) And not only are our physicians extremely talented professionals, they also allow the entire team of caregivers and support staff to shine. I’m incredibly honored to work at this hospital where so many skilled physicians lend their talents.
Just ahead of today’s Doctors Day observance, nursing hosted its annual Physician Ambassador breakfast on Tuesday. Last year, I was out of town and didn’t get to attend this event, but I am so glad my schedule allowed me to be here this year. (Thanks, nurses, for the invitation.)
What struck me most by this event was the mutual level of appreciation in the room. As you probably know, each nursing unit selects a Physician Ambassador to be honored at the breakfast. (Some pictures are below.) They take turns reading the nominations of the physicians, and then the honored physicians have the opportunity to say a few words in return. Talk about warm fuzzies! I left that breakfast with even more appreciation for the caregiving that takes place here each day—and I thought I had that market cornered when I walked in!
Thank you, physicians, for your focus, your skill, your tenacity. Thank you for taking call, for making hard decisions, for caring in ways our patients desperately need. Thank you for respecting the caregivers you entrust your patients to, and ultimately, for helping to further our mission. We are grateful for you on Doctors Day, and every day.
PS: I almost forgot! Thank you for all of the MEETINGS you attend at GSH. These, too, ensure excellent care for our patients.