And as I reflected on the true meaning of the Labor Day holiday, I realized how thankful I was for the efforts of the entire GBMC staff - from the doctors, nurses, and technicians to our food services workers, environmental service staff and parking attendants. Every individual at GBMC is an important part of the collective team and I see the great efforts our team puts forth to provide the very best care to patients every day.
I also reflected on what it means to have a job, especially with the way our economy has been over the past six years or so. Now that I have four children who have graduated from college, I see how hard it is to find a good job that you love. I am grateful for my job, which I competed for and was delighted to get. GBMC is a great organization with a great vision and a great future. I know what it means to love what you do and I am honored to work with such dedicated individuals.
I have been talking a lot about standard work, processes and systems, but as we celebrate Labor Day and look ahead I need to remind myself that what makes a healthcare system truly outstanding is not the technology or the facilities, but the people.