Thanksgiving is special because it reminds us to count our blessings. I’m always thankful for my family, my passionate colleagues and the ability to do meaningful work. I’m also thankful for you and your colleagues who take such amazing care of patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our hospitals and health systems never take a day off because there’s never a day when care isn’t needed. Thank you for your commitment.
Our state’s hospitals and health systems also do some wonderful and unique things to celebrate the holidays, bringing festivities into their own halls for patients, visitors and staff, and finding ways to give back. We detail some of these below.
Today, I’m especially thankful for the work of two women on our staff. Our Senior Vice President for Patient Safety & Quality Jennifer Graves (pictured right) and our Assistant Director of Maternal-Infant Health Initiatives Amber Weiseth (pictured left) were honored last week with March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year awards. Jennifer earned the accolade in the category of distinguished nurse of the year, and Amber earned it in the surgical/procedural category (for her work with EvergreenHealth before joining us at WSHA). I know I speak for all of us at WSHA when I congratulate them on these prestigious honors.
From all of us at WSHA, thank you for always being there to care for our communities. We wish you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.
WSHA President & CEO