Iowa Specialty Hospital

Notes from Steve

July 7, 2016

I watched a movie last night.  The main character was this dowdy, colorful woman*.  She went to a motivational speaker who said don’t look at the word as “impossible” but rather “I’m possible”.  I never thought of this before.  I kind of like it.  I’m possible not impossible … ?  …   I remember a long time ago – as a unhealthy, out of shape person – thinking “there is no way I could run races – a 5K, 10K or marathon, no way;  impossible!  Ride Ragbrai??  Seriously, are you kidding – that is impossible!”  Then along the way I started thinking “I’m possible” … I have really no valid reason why I can’t do things … I am possible … and life changed.

 Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics started out as Community Memorial Hospital.  It was CMH for 50 years, and then along the way we found that just because we were a rural hospital … things weren’t “impossible” as we once thought and were told – we found that the envelope was ours for the pushing.   We grew in size and services and staff.  We took the impossible to I’m possible

 As we mature and re-engage with life, we find that what we thought were impassable mountains in our lives are mere hills.  And beyond that hill is another hill and another, but soon we will emerge onto fields of opportunities waiting to be harvested.  (I need a soundtrack in the background.)   I was talking with a friend today about this concept, and she said a lot of our hills in our lives, we build into mountains in our minds, and only until we are able to get out of our own way will we be able to move forward. 

Ahhh, the secret to life – getting out of our own way.  I’m possible!!

 *The movie was Hello, My Name is Doris with Sally Field.  It wasn’t my favorite movie. 


-Steve Simonin, President & CEO 

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