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Notes from Our Leaders - 2014 Archive

Notes from Steve

For some reason, I'm not on a “bah humbug” bent this year. I really don't feel the negativity surrounding the holidays as I usually do, and I don't know why. I think with my advanced age that I'm just not getting riled over things like Christmas as I did in...
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Notes from Steve

I am feeling stressed. Holiday stress from not doing a flipping thing and now less than a week left. Nothing. I have a couple of days off next week to get everything done. Angst. I usually write a letter… it’ll be a New Year’s letter this year… as for everything...
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Reflections from Amy

It's true; Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the...
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Notes from Steve

So I was running on the treadmill yesterday and the Alison Krause song, “Down by the River to Pray” came on. It got me thinking about a leader meeting downstairs ten years ago or so. The entire leadership group came into the room singing this song and gave me socks...
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Notes from Steve

I’m wearing this Fitbit bracelet thing that buzzes when I hit 10,000 steps. I am addicted to the buzz. I am reminded of Pavlov’s dog – salivating when the bell rang… I am validated when my wrist buzzes. (On another note, I need a life … I need to get...
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Reflections from Amy

“We are free to choose our paths, but we can't choose the consequences that come with them.” ~ Sean Covey I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life. We have much to be thankful for this year as we...
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Notes from Steve

Thanksgiving Yesterday was Governing Board day at the hospitals (two Board meetings, noon and evening). I am thankful for visionary Boards who allow us to look at the crossroads of “what’s happening in health care” and “what’s best for our communities” and “the best place for employees to work, providers...
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Notes from Steve

I’m tangled up with my emotions right now. This now makes perfect sense to me, because on the news this morning a guy was saying that people are at their lowest place in life at age 50. He wasn’t on the news program specifically to show that 50 year old...
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Reflections from Amy

The connection in health care to the impact we make in our patients’ lives is astounding. I attended a conference last week that focused on health care leadership, but the underlying theme was tied to our stories in health care. We all have one; that moment in time that lives...
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Notes from Steve

“Then just quit,” Priscilla told me when I said I didn’t want to go to Rotary that fateful night in 1995. “What?” I replied. “If you’re not going to go without an extremely valid reason then you won’t give your 100% to the Rotary Club – and we need committed...
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