A note to you

This is a busy time of year and it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.  Take a moment to reflect on those things you have to be most thankful for.

I am thakful to live in a country that allows me to make choices, both good and bad.  I’m thankful to live in a community where I can walk the street and not feel the need to look over my shoulder. 

I’m thankful to work with great people who are committed to providing great care and excellent customer service.  We’re far from perfect and we don’t do everything right but in reality – who does.  When we do fall down, we acknowledge our shortcomings and try to do a better job the next time – what more can you expect.

I dread the hussle and bussle of the season and running from here to there to meet commitments but I’m thankful to have family close enough that I get to share the holiday with them.  I’m thankful for my family – I don’t believe this statement requires interpretation.  I’m thankful for friends as well and I’m thankful that I have friends who blur the lines between family and friend – I’m thankful to have friends who are family.

I’m thankful that you’re reading this blog, I truly mean that.  I initiated this blog in an attempt to humanize administration.  We all have a job to do and none of us can be effective in our job without the contribution of those around us.  We’re a team, you’ve got a job to do, I’ve got a job to do and it’s important that we understand one another in order to help one another.  You’ve got a life outside of work and I’ve got a life outside of work and hopefully this blog has helped you recognize we’re not that different.

I would like to wish you a blessed holiday.  Christmas is about gifts and no gift is more important than the gift of Christ.  Merry Christmas to you.  Don’t let the holiday pass you by, take a minute to think about all the “gifts” in your life.

I’m fortunate that I’m not required to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, not all of our staff have the same luxury.  Many of our staff will sacrifice their holiday to provide care to our patients.  I can’t think of a better gift or an act more reflective of the true meaning of the season than to care for your fellow man.  

For those staff working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, thank you, our patients appreciate you and I appreciate you. 

None of your patients want to be here and they will all remember this Christmas for the rest of their lives.  You are the key to them remembering the holiday as the worst Christmas ever or a Christmas in the hospital (as great as you are, I’m not sure you could do enough for them to remember this Christmas as the best ever). 

Being politically correct gets too much attention.  You should feel free to tell every one of your patients, just as I’ve told you, “Merry Christmas”.

If any of your patients complain about hearing “Merry Christmas”, let me know – that’s one complaint I’ll be happy to address!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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2 Responses to A note to you

  1. Tammy says:

    Awesome blog! Merry CHRISTmas!

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you for all you do and for the person you are here and away from the hospital. I am thrilled that you mentioned Christ in this blog as there is nothing more important at Christmas and all the time! Merry Christmas!

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