As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, our thoughts naturally turn toward all the things in life for which we are grateful: family, friends, work, health, love, laughter. And when we express gratitude for these gifts, we also contemplate their potential loss.
What would life be like without our friends? Without our meaningful work? Without our health?
It is on this last question that I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to the nearly 100,000 women and men who work in Maryland’s hospitals – at all hours and sacrificing time with their own families – so that others might receive the gifts of health, and life.
Their work is more than a job. It is a calling.
In the past several months, hospital workers nationwide have been called to duty – to care for victims of hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires. These are tragedies on a grand scale, but for every nurse, doctor, food service worker, hospital volunteer, they are deeply personal, because the ill and injured transform from statistics in a headline to a patient in their care.
This is why I am so grateful, because throughout the nation, and certainly here in Maryland, hospital workers continue to uphold a promise that has existed since hospitals first opened their doors: We will take care of you.
During this holiday season, I’m thankful for the chance to serve you, as we at your hospital association work to keep our
promise: to help you do the work to which you have been called.