A mere three months ago, our world changed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As each of us adjust to the new realities of this pandemic and continue to face unprecedented challenges ahead, there’s one thing I am reminded of every day – Texas Children’s is a sturdy and resilient organization.
As I have watched our agile team adjust and adapt throughout this pandemic, I have been inspired time and again. Inspired by our people, our mission and our collective dedication to ensuring that we will always be here to care for the children and women who need us. I have seen you all support each other by bringing in meals for your teams, making special homemade gifts, and just by acknowledging that you will be there for one another – all while still delivering the highest possible care to our patients and families. This has been difficult for all of us, but experiencing this together, has reminded us of our shared humanity and our deep appreciation of each other.
One of my maxims, “Leadership always influences or determines outcomes, not some of the time but all of the time,” has never been truer than it is today. Because of our strong leadership, we have reached many milestones together as a team. We continue to lead the way in diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and are making progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to these efforts, we implemented and enhanced our employee and patient screening processes, optimized e-health appointment capabilities, and ensured we have sufficient supplies to carry out our daily operations. While this is just scratching the surface, there are so many inspiring examples that show what it truly means to be One Amazing Team.
The members of our Board of Trustees have also been moved by your selfless efforts since the beginning and have repeatedly shared with me how impressed and proud they are of you. So much so, that they wanted to do something to honor every single Texas Children’s employee. Last week, the Board approved a resolution to recognize Texas Children’s staff and employees for their efforts during COVID-19, and I’m sharing it here.
The incredible acts of kindness that I have witnessed over these past several months will stay with me forever. I, along with every member of our Board, are profoundly grateful for all you are doing and giving of yourselves for our patients, families, and each other. We are all in this together and we will persevere.
With deep appreciation and respect,