As much of our world grieves and watches the unimaginable events taking place, I want to use my voice to serve as a momentary outlet of distraction. Sometimes, even when it feels difficult to do so, it is necessary to take a moment to focus on something positive, especially in order to give our best to the patients we serve. So please, let me be that positive distraction for a few moments to tell you how much I appreciate you.
Today is National Employee Appreciation Day—and a day when I get to tell my One Amazing Team how much I appreciate them is certainly something I look forward to! I cannot begin to tell you just how much you are valued here at Texas Children’s, and how much I personally appreciate you. No matter where you stand, no matter what your role may be—you matter to this organization. We cannot do what we do or go where we’re meant to go without you.
Looking back on the past two years alone, we’ve overcome so much as a team. We’ve celebrated milestones and discoveries together, but we’ve also comforted one another through some of the toughest moments in our history. And we’ve done all of this while still providing the very best care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Many of you may not know this, but I often find myself staring out of my office windows, in awe of what Texas Children’s has become. Because of each of you, Texas Children’s has become so much more than I could have ever imagined. It’s become a top-tier organization where women make up almost 80% of our workforce, with 75% in executive leadership roles. It’s become a community where diversity is celebrated and people from all walks of life are working together to care for patients from around the world. It’s become a safe haven where we can ask questions and have the chance to learn from one another.
Above all else, Texas Children’s has become more than a place – it’s become a spirit and an atmosphere where people of all ages and backgrounds thrive. And all of this has happened because of you.
Yes, we treat patients who can only get the care they need at Texas Children’s. And, yes, we change lives. But because of you, we will always be so much more.
When I walk the halls of this hospital, I don’t see people who come in, give the bare minimum and go home. I see a family of people who celebrate birthdays, achievements, engagements and college graduations together. I see women and men who know the names of each other’s children and how they’re doing in school. I see new, lifelong friendships being cemented through every shift worked. And I see each and every one of you, working together to ensure that every patient and family we serve receives nothing less than the world-class care we’re known for.
You are what makes Texas Children’s so special and for that, I thank you.