Iowa Specialty Hospital

The Brief by Reagan

March 22, 2021

I am writing my article a little early for once.  I procrastinate writing my article, I have to think of something entertaining to talk about.  However, the due date for this article is St. Patrick’s Day and this gives me an opportunity to talk a little history.  

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and national apostle.  At 16, he was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave. He would later escape and come back to Ireland being credited with bring Christianity to the area.  Although it is shown Christianity was brought to Ireland before St. Patrick, and in case you are wondering, he did not drive the snakes from Ireland either.  

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration as we know it did not start in Ireland, instead it was started in the U.S.  New York is credited with the oldest national parade and in 1601 a Spanish Colony in Florida was the first celebration.  

This event has taken root globally and moved beyond the celebration of St. Patrick and instead is an ode to Irish culture.  

As time moves forward events, celebrations, traditions morph and change. They become less about the original intent and instead used as a way to celebrate something new.  As things change (laws, rules, regulations) we have to keep up.  We have to keep moving forward, learning and changing with the world around us.  ISH employees have done a great job learning and changing and moving forward.

We continue to take on new challenges and push beyond the status quo.  We continue to provide the best care to our patients, best place of our providers to practice, and the best place to work for our employees. Thank you for your commitment and all you do. I look forward to taking on our next challenge with you.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
-Henry Ford

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