Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

October 1, 2015

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. ― Shannon L. Alder

We had an open house for Linda Loux’s retirement on Monday and what an amazing turnout. It was truly a tribute to her and all the lives she has touched over the years. Linda has been an integral part of our system for a very long time, and she will definitely be missed. It was very easy to see from the huge crowd wishing her the best in her retirement that she has made a mark in this community and with her patients. Congratulations Linda on your retirement!

We are such a close knit family that transitions like retirement are always bittersweet. Although we are all happy for Linda and wish her the very best, there is an underlying sadness knowing that we will feel her absence each day. However, this evolution is our norm, and the goal for each of us should be to make such an impact in our daily lives that we too are sorely missed when all is said and done. As Quint Studer so eloquently put it, “Never underestimate the difference you make”.  I feel this is especially true in healthcare where we have the ability to impact people at their most vulnerable times. It could be something as small as walking them where they need to be or smiling and saying hello to them in the hallways. We don’t do these things just because Steve said; we do these things to bring comfort to our patients and reduce anxiety. We make an impact daily and all of those little things add up over the years. So, today I challenge you to smile a little brighter and leave your mark, make an impact!

Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever. ― Idowu Koyenikan

 

-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO

 

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