November 25, 2013|Categories:
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I asked some of our guest bloggers the following question: “What are you thankful for in health care?” Their responses were refreshing and surprising: It was refreshing to see a couple folks mention the importance of remaining independent, and I was surprised to read the word ‘meaningful’ without the word ‘use’ immediately following…
Take a look at their full responses below and check out some of the fun illustrations from our good friend, artist Bot Roda.
"I am grateful for my patients and their families, who always remind me what is truly meaningful in life. Caring for children, with the explicit goal of working together for their optimal health, keeps me firmly engaged in the present moment. For that, I am forever thankful." — Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, Oradell, NJ
“Each Thanksgiving, our family reads a poem by Melody Beattie on gratitude. One line reads “gratitude turns what we have into enough and more.” I am grateful to live in a country that has incredible health care resources; just maybe, with some collective gratitude, we can turn those resources into enough for every American to have equal access to health and health care.” — Jenny Englerth, York, PA
“I am thankful for the ability to practice medicine independently in a meaningful way. I am thankful that, as a physician, I enjoy getting up each morning and going to work every day. As a pediatrician, you can't put a price on the ability to put a smile on a child's face, even when they are sick. This is a reward that far exceeds any financial benefit that I receive for working.” — Jeff A. Drasnin, MD, FAAP, Cincinnati, OH
“I am exceedingly grateful to have a mobile platform that makes airports an extension of my office so that when I go to see my children and grandchildren I am not preoccupied about what I will find on my desk when I get back!” — Sally Ginsburg, MD, Longmeadow, MA
“I am thankful to be working in health care. At the end of the day, when the brain calms from the daytime barrage of pressures and one can reflect, it is pretty damn cool to realize you have helped someone else lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.” — Allen L. Gee, MD, Ph.D, Cody, WY
“I am thankful that there are physicians who desire to remain independent to serve people. And I am further thankful for patients who are able to discern which physicians really care about them, as well as care for them.” — Reavis T. Eubanks, MD, Asheville, NC
“I am thankful that, in this challenging health care environment, athenahealth provides us with support and functionality so that we can continue to provide the most appropriate care to our patients and meet their needs to the standards that we are committed.” — Donna Masucci, RN, Everett, MA
What are YOU thankful for in health care? Share in the comments below.