“Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.” – Ginni Rometty, first woman to head IBM
Not to seem glib, but if we take a moment to consider Ginni’s remarks, then California’s hospital leaders have experienced unprecedented growth in the past year.
Truly, 2022 felt more like 12 years than 12 months, because every one of you has been faced with challenges unlike any in the past — and your ability to ensure that your organization meets its mission of care has been threatened like never before.
It certainly has not been comfortable.
And looking ahead, it will likely be uncomfortable for some time.
The challenges before you are great: resources are shrinking and inadequate; staff are exhausted and scarce; supplies are shaky and unpredictable.
But as we enter this holiday season, like so many of you, I find myself filled with hope and optimism. Not because these hard times may change, but because within each of you lies the ability to change to meet the hard times.
The hospital leaders in California I have had the privilege to come to know are among the brightest, the hardest working, the most creative, and the most courageous people who choose a life of service.
There is no challenge you cannot overcome.
Your team at CHA sees and feels this, and we stand alongside you to help in any way we can.
Your own teams, at each of your organizations, also see and feel this. That is why, during this holiday season, all of us should take a moment to rest, so we can prepare for the times ahead; to recharge, so we have the energy we will need when those around us are depleted; and to reflect, so we can learn, grow, and be ready for any hurdle that stands in the way of your most sacred mission: serving those in need.
May you and yours have a happy, healthy, and harmonious holiday season.