Published on January 01, 2021


I Choose to be Grateful 

The momentous year we’ve just experienced together will live on vividly in our memories for years to come and will be studied by historians for decades beyond that. As we celebrated the holidays a year ago surrounded by family and friends, no one could have known that weeks later our world would change so drastically and so quickly.

And yet, as these events quickly unfolded around us, I watched with awe and wonder as you responded with incredible strength, with courage and with resilience. You faced every new challenge that this unpredictable coronavirus threw our way, selflessly and sacrificially. 

As I reflect on all of this, there is only one way in which I can end this year—with deep gratitude in my heart.

I am grateful that we have such a remarkable team at Adventist HealthCare. I am grateful for your inspiring spirit of collaboration and mutual support. When the going got tough you drew closer together, lifting each other up and doing whatever it took to continue caring for our patients and community with excellence.

I am grateful for our amazing support staff, those working behind the scenes in areas such as supply chain, facilities management, and recruitment. Whether securing PPE, setting up tents and establishing floors to cohort COVID-positive patients or recruiting temporary staffing—we could not have done it without you.

I am grateful for our talented leaders across the system who leaned into the moment—facilitating, organizing, inspiring, managing and making difficult decisions. You are here for such a time as this and I am grateful that we have been able to lead together throughout this year.

I am grateful that through the diligent work of our leaders across the system and the ongoing work of our finance teams, we were able to retain all of our team members. Their dedication to careful stewardship resulted in no one losing their job and enabled us to have the necessary resources to keep our workforce safe and provide the necessary equipment to continue providing quality care.

Finally, I am very excited and grateful that we are able to end the year on an encouraging note. We have recently been informed by the state that the second shipment of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive shortly. Combined with the first shipment that arrived last week, Adventist HealthCare will end the year with 9,800 doses of vaccine in hand—enough for every one of our team members and medical staff partners who desires to be vaccinated. I am grateful for the many team members who together have worked hard to organize and stand up our COVID-19 vaccine clinics as quickly as possible.

My list could go on indefinitely for the many things I am grateful for. As we close this year and as you reflect on your experience throughout it, please know that you have my deepest appreciation for your tireless commitment to our Mission to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

I wish you the very richest blessings of God for you and your family in the year to come! 

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