Sunday, November 18, 2007

What we are thankful for

The Thanksgiving Quilts are on display at Community General Hospital, representing thoughts from members of the hospital family. There were some 90 submissions. To do them justice, we created three quilt graphics. To read the comments on each quilt, move the cursor over the picture and click. The quilts are on rotating display on the first and ground floors, allowing everyone to share the tender, thoughtful, and appreciative comments of friends and colleagues. Thank you, all, who submitted thoughts at Thanksgiving time.

Here is what I am thankful for this week:

• All who make our patients feel welcome, safe, and respected by thoughtful actions and by kindness in their voices.

• All who demonstrate leadership through their knowledge and expertise, through their example, hard work, and willingness to help with new ideas and new projects.

• All who show up on time every day, who pay attention to the details of everyday work, and who do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

• All who wash their hands consistently, who follow the “red rules” of patient safety, who assure safe practices.

• All who make new employees feel welcome, who teach proper procedure and who encourage employees to feel a part of the CGH family.

• All who celebrate birthdays, take up collections, offer congratulations at coworkers' weddings and graduations, and who are ready to help when there is an accident, an illness, or a death in someone's family.

• All who volunteer their time, who donate their money, who share their stories, and who make time for others.

• All who say hello with a ready smile, who hold open doors, who are courteous, and who pick up after themselves (and others).

• All who return to school, continue their studies, and demonstrate progress within their jobs, their professions, and their careers.

• All who respect our doctors by showing professionalism, responsiveness, and teamwork.

• All who forego gossip and comments that can be hurtful, unkind, or thoughtless.

• All the patients who entrust to us their safety and wellbeing.

• All the physicians who have confidence in our care for their patients.

• All with good hearts, who see when another feels awkwardness or worry or pain – and who make an effort to help.

• Our board of directors and board advisers who give their time, their expertise, and their personal funds solely for the purpose of making Community General Hospital a better place.

• For the opportunity to work hard, to solve problems, and to be of assistance to colleagues every day.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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