“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” ~ Jim Rohn
As I reflect on Dr. Whitters’ retirement parties last week, I can’t help but think what an incredible testament to a true leader. It was amazing to see the lines of people that showed up for his open house at the Meadows to wish him well and then a packed Clarmond to celebrate all of his many accomplishments. I am sure like many of you Dr. Whitters wore many hats in his relationship with me. He was often a friend, many times a mentor, sometimes my physician, and no matter what hat he wore, he always gave me sage advice. Working closely with him as a Senior Leader when he was the CMO taught me a great deal about patience and how to look at all sides of the situation. He also taught me to stand up for what matters the most to me. He also instilled the need for balance between work and family in order to be our very best. Dr. Whitters has been an incredible gift to many of us, and he will most definitely be missed. I can only hope to leave such an imprint on so many people’s lives.
It is a lovely goal to have to continually help those around us. For most of us in the healthcare field it is ingrained in us to help others and do what is best for our patients. It is the part of our work that touches people that makes the most difference in those we serve. This is the skill that Dr. Whitters excelled at; making a personal connection with his patients. So, the challenge this week is to pick a patient or co-worker and go that extra step for them. See if you can’t help or connect on a different level. Be the change!
"That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched." ~ Patti Davis