Wishing you the joy and peace of the holidays

We have entered the holiday season with the early force of nature bringing us a cold and snowy run through the winter solstice. It is a time of high spirits and joy, but also a time that is filled with various emotions of past times and memories. It is a time of gifts and giving, but also a time of reflection on others, some who may not be as fortunate, and some who are simply gifts to all of us.

In observing all of you over the years, I have seen daily acts of incredible kindness, humanity and consideration. Your care for the disadvantaged, the people in need of material goods and personal help, is so common that it is a part of the culture of Henry Ford. This caring is not reserved for the holiday season. It is part of who you are and why you often choose to work in health care. These are not the content of exceptional patient stories. They are the routine way in which most of you view the world. These acts are apart from the day-to-day work that you do to care and comfort our patients through your professional work, the work that will return them to healthier lives. No matter what your role is, direct patient care or office support, you are part of a team that produces the miracles, small and large, that Henry Ford creates each and every day. I cannot imagine a world without you.

Thank you to all of you. For those of you working on the holidays that you celebrate or to allow others to celebrate, thank you giving up your personal time with family and friends to do our important work. I hope this time brings you all that you hope for and all that each of you deserves. For each of you, may you receive peace, calm, warmth and love.

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13 thoughts on “Wishing you the joy and peace of the holidays

  1. Thank you, very nice of you to take the time to let people know how you feel; everyone needs that.

  2. Dr. Popovich, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, I am an operator for the main campus, You and your staff are wonderful. I call your staff for quick and accurate solutions, when needed. I appreciate you all. THANK YOU ALL.

  3. John, nice comment. Enjoy your holiday with your family and friends. Even successful leaders have to take a break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Fred Whitehouse

  4. Warm Greetings Dr. John Popovich
    I thank you for your kind and warm wishes, wishing you the same with all my heart.
    I would add the same wishes in Romanian “Va multumesc la fel din toata inima pentru caldele urari de bine.

    and
    Serb-Croatian
    “Mnogo xvala na vasim toplim ljubaznost zelje, zwelim vam isto c celim srca.

  5. Dr. Whitehouse, thank you and best wishes on the holidays to you and your
    family. I will certainly enjoy all the gifts of this season.

  6. Viorica, Multumesc! Please do not press me any further although I can sing a bit of “Good Morning Santa Claus” in Romanian.

  7. What a beautiful message, John. Thank you for your superb leadership and caring for all of the people of Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. It was an honor to serve with you, and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.
    Best wishes,
    Nancy Schlichting

  8. Dr. Popovich thank you for your kind words. Thank you for the strong and compassionate leadership you have exemplified to us both as a Physician and our CEO over Henry Ford Hospital through these years. We are grateful for you!
    I pray you and your family will have a very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2018!
    Julie Hunter

  9. Thank you, Jennifer. I am glad you added safe to your message. Let’s make sure everyone remains safe while celebrating the season.

  10. To you and your family as well, Julie. Thank you for all you do, including singing Christmas carols at HFH!

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