For many of us, the holidays are all about tradition, be it a gift given every year, a special dinner or dessert, or a trip to see family.
Even at Henry Ford Hospital, we’ve maintained certain holiday traditions for decades, putting up decorations and a tree in our main lobby, as you can see from this photo (right) from 1950.
But tradition extends far beyond the holiday season.
At Henry Ford, we have a nearly 100-year tradition of Detroit pride, clinical excellence and treating each and every one of our patients as if they were members of our own family.
For some, there’s even a tradition of working the holiday shift to give colleagues the opportunity to celebrate with their loved ones. Thank you for being there.
I will be seeing those of you working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as I make rounds with my family.
Having worked so many years on the holidays, I fully realize your personal sacrifice on these days when you would like to be home with your family and loved ones.
Thank you to each and every one of the Henry Ford team members for being here and always giving your best.
Your work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
I, along with my leadership team, see first-hand your hard work and your continued effort to make Henry Ford Hospital stand out among the rest.
In challenging financial times for our city, and in times when we’ve had extraordinarily high admissions, you were there with a positive attitude, providing the best care.
Your professionalism and talent shone during many our best moments of 2012 too: The Quality Expo, the Beaumont announcement, the launch of the Center for Cancer Surgery and Structural Heart Program, AIDET training, and earlier this year when we were officially presented with the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
We have had many accomplishments to be proud of in 2012 and a great deal to look forward to in 2013.
From all of us at Henry Ford, I want to wish you a joy-filled holiday and a healthy New Year!
And, feel free to some of your favorite holiday traditions in the comments section below…