My New Years Wish for You

This past week I devoted the blog to New Years Resolutions and New Years Traditions.  I don’t make New Years Resolutions.  There’s really no compelling reason I don’t make them, it’s just my personal belief that if something is important enough to do why wait until the start of a new year to do it.  I’m reminded of a quote I once heard about New Years Resolutions, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other”.

Resolutions aside, the new year does provide us an opportunity to reflect and to look forward.  A lot has happened in the past year.  We’ve refined our Mission:  To provide exceptional health and wellness services with friendliness and compassion.  We’ve completed a comprehensive strategic plan that, when executed, will help us continue to provide exceptional care to our patients close to their home. 

In the past year we have also refocused our Critical Success Factors: Customer, Quality, People, Financial.  These four items, and the attention we provide them, are the key to our success!

Our GVMH family has grown, we’ve added new services, new staff have joined the team, staff have had babies and marriage vows have been exchanged. 

The past year has also seen staff retire, old technology be replaced by new and friends and colleagues pursue new opportunities and challenges.  We also can’t ignore the fact that we’ve regrettably lost a few friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to death and we mourn our loss but celebrate their memory.

The new year promises to be the most challenging, exciting and difficult of any we’ve encountered.  Health care reform is no longer a threat, it’s a reality, and we will have to adapt to if we are to prosper.  The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act provides us incentives to become fully electronic so our information systems and capability will grow by leaps and bounds in the next year, otherwise we risk missing out on 4.5 million dollars in incentive payments.

We will add new services and new technology next year to continue to provide the most up to date care for our patients.  We will add new staff and current staff will increase knowledge and capability to provide better care to our patients.

There is one constant from year to year and that’s our commitment to our patients and our community.  We live, work and play in the community that we serve and we serve friends, neighbors and loved ones.  We are our community and our community is us.

As I wish you a new year of happiness, peace and prosperity I’d like to leave you with this prayer.  Remember, your work has real value (once you read the prayer below you’ll understand).

A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Dear Lord, please give me…
    A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
    A work to do which has real value,
        without which the world would be the poorer;
    A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
    An understanding heart;
    A sense of humor;
    Time for quiet, silent meditation;
    A feeling of the presence of God;
    The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
    With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.

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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