Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Blog of the Year

December 31, 2009

To All Our ACH Colleagues, Physicians and Volunteers…and Board of Trustees

I haven’t blogged as often as I would have liked this year but I definitely wanted to end 2009 year by saying how proud, fortunate, and blessed I am because:

1) I have the opportunity to work beside/with so many dedicated and passionate people.
2) I am graced with such meaningful work; to actually be paid to do something I truly love to do.
3) I have my family and my health,

Bearing all this in mind, I'd like to share some comments from a letter that was sent to several of us here at ACH from the family of a patient:

"…thanks and love to all those who participated in the recent care of our father and for all the kindness shown to our family as a whole…"

"Over the years Dad had been hospitalized at several of the area hospitals where he received great care … but here at Alliance Community Hospital, we received much more than health care and it all started at the front door…"

"We want to thank all the Ambassadors, the pink ladies and gentleman, and the cafeteria staff for their words of encouragement and keeping us fed…"

"To Security who watched over members of our family who left the hospital late into the night…"

"Our gratitude to all the technicians from the Lab and the Respiratory department and everyone whose skills and kindnesses were shared with our father…"

"We want to thank Housekeeping who worried and cared so much about us…"

"To all those behind the scene who are many times overlooked -- may we thank you for your expertise and kindnesses…"

"And lastly we want to extend our love and most heart felt thanks to the Nursing staff … your care, concern, and compassion went beyond measure…”

As for me, I can only add what I observed as someone who wanders about the halls of our organization… it was a total team effort!

Thank you, Dr. K and to all ACH team members, for reminding me, as always, what caring is all about -- and for inspiring me.