Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Talent, Hard Work, and Laudable Goals

Time away from work gives us the opportunity to explore the facets of life that are not immediately related to our work. Last Thursday night, I saw Terence Blanchard in concert at the Blues Alley in DC. It wasn’t the first time that I had seen him and he did not disappoint me. Mr. Blanchard and the other members of his quintet mesmerized the crowd with their hauntingly beautiful numbers mostly from their new CD, Magnetic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMTjt7EcGtU

I really enjoy Jazz music and I am in awe of the masters of this genre. In May, Wynton Marsalis gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremonies of the University of Vermont. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIYKfyDVzxg. Mr. Marsalis’ son, Simeon, was among those getting their bachelor’s degrees as was my son, Patrick. I knew Wynton as a virtuoso of the trumpet, but I did not realize that he was also a gifted public speaker. He had me, and most of the other parents in the crowd choking back tears as he brought himself to tears in giving the best commencement address that I have ever heard. Mr. Marsalis addressed us from the heart of a proud father and his words really connected with me. I was amazed at how such a talented musician could relay such a powerful message through the spoken word as well. He is truly multi-talented. It is clear that both Terence Blanchard and Wynton Marsalis put in many, many hours of practice to take advantage of their talents. Talent and hard work are unbeatable.

At GBMC we are blessed with many, many talented people who work very hard. From our dedicated Board members who give so much of their time to assure the community that we stay true to our mission and move towards our vision; to our senior team and our tremendously talented and hard working physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, care managers, hospice aides, medical technicians, secretaries, food service workers, environmental services workers, billers, finance analysts, and every other member of Team GBMC, we are all united in our quest-that everyone gets the care we want for our own loved ones. United around this laudable goal and with the hard work and talent of our people, the GBMC HealthCare System is unbeatable.

Do you have a story about a GBMC team member going the extra mile to deliver excellent care? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Dr. Chessare, You are right, we have many, many hard working people here at GBMC. One group that seems to consistenly get passed over for recognition are the Midlevels. They provide 24/7 coverage for the OB/GYN service, ED, private medicine patients and the entire surgical service. They also provide overnight coverage for the hospitalist team. These midlevels assist the doctors and nurses to privide high quality care for the patients here at GBMC, with very little appraisal. Let's finally give them the recognition they deserve! Thanks to all the PAs and NPs for all of your hard work and dedication!!

  2. Thanks, Anonymous. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Our Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants do an extraordinary job on our HealthCare Team and frequently do not get the credit they deserve. They work very hard and I am grateful for all that they do.


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