Well, Texas Children’s family, we made it. We weathered another storm, and I believe we’ve come out on the other side of it stronger than ever. In fact, as I keep thinking about what all our people – and even our facilities – endured over the past several days, one word remains planted firmly in my mind: sturdy.
I think that word is sticking with me because it’s more than strong. When tested, sturdy endures, time after time. Sturdy takes some lumps here and there and encounters a few hurdles now and again. But from adversity, sturdy emerges smarter, more agile, resourceful and resilient. That’s us. We have proven time and again when faced with challenges that we will bind together to be there for our patients, their families and even more importantly, we will be there for each other. The bond between Texas Children’s employees is incredible, and it is at the very core of our amazing culture.
Although this storm has passed, I know this is not over for so many of you. I understand that you are starting over and having to rebuild your lives. It’s a difficult process that will take time. But on your hardest days, I want you to remember that you’re not just part of our one amazing team – we’re part of one pretty amazing community. The past few days showed the world much more than just devastation. Houston reminded the world what compassion looks like and what it looks like to be selfless and to give everything to ensure the safety of your fellow man. I believe you have the strength to recover from this and that with the continued support of our Texas Children’s family and this incredible community, you will.
Thank you to everyone for your preparation, your leadership, your work, your prayers and even for your laughter in the midst of the storm. You endured, and you got us through this. Again. Stay sturdy, Texas Children’s. You are amazing.