My 18 year old son, Cole, drove me up to Clarion this morning. The goal was to give him additional Interstate highway driving experience before he heads off to Creighton in three months. He will be two hours away from home straight west on I-80. The day turned out to be so much more. We had some great conversation in that car. He was very relaxed and nearly philosophical. He is in that wonderful window of time between being finished with classes and high school graduation this Friday night. It was really beautiful to listen to his thoughts on his past four years and the excitement of heading to college. I also had the opportunity to introduce him to my little “oasis” up here in Wright County including a quick stop to check out a windmill.
He sat in my office all day while I was in meetings. He told me about several people stopping in to greet him and make sure his needs were met. Steve offered him pizza (he had already had breakfast at Grounded), someone else checked to see if he needed wi-fi access. He enjoyed speaking with Carol the most! They are both into the book series “Game of Thrones”. As we drove home he commented on how nice everyone at the hospital was. I told him that was no accident. Since he is planning on pre-med it was nice for him to see our culture and we talked about our standards of behavior and that we are intentional about practicing these.
This is who we are and it shows, even in the smallest ways. I’m proud to be a part of it. We are specifically honoring those with ‘years of service’ anniversaries, but I want to thank everyone who upholds and propagates our culture every day. I especially want to thank Carol Meyer and congratulate her on her retirement. God Bless you and your family. Have a great holiday weekend!
- Dr. Michael Hurt, CMO