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Amy's Reflections

September 17, 2015

Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. - Mattie Stepanek

We are quickly approaching the first day of fall which is September 23rd. This is by far my favorite season of the year as I love the fall leaves, the cooler weather and watching football. The boys started football this year and it has been fun watching them learn the different aspects of the game. The other parents assure me that they will have an even better grasp of the game next year. I just smile and internally hope that they even want to go out for football next year. One of the most interesting things has been watching their personalities come through in how they play. Andrew will try but maybe not always give his best effort but will always ask if he needs to run after practice. He is always looking for feedback. Jacob will work hard, but has so much loyalty to his teammates that he won’t play hard if he thinks he could hurt one of his teammates. They have definitely learned a lot about teamwork this year as they only have 13 players so they are becoming a tight knit group. 

I see similarities in the teamwork in our system daily. My husband shared a story with me a couple of weeks ago with an ambulance call in Belmond where the team just did what they needed to do. He was most amazed with how everyone just stepped up and stepped in without really having to be asked. This is a classic example of a tight knit team. This seamlessness, the ability to anticipate each other’s needs and work in tandem to a unified end goal is the definition of teamwork. We are blessed to work with such amazing individuals that are all dedicated to the same end goal of amazing care for our patients.  So, as we head towards another change of season, let us not forget to be thankful for not just our incredible team but also our unity of purpose.

All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall. ― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers


-Amy McDaniels, CEO, Belmond


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