As I embark on my last week as president of Mercy Health Muskegon, what I am most thankful for — and what’s helped me grow as a leader — is the dedicated group of colleagues I’ve had the privilege to work with during the past 48 years.
Many of you know this story, but for those of you who don’t, my journey with Mercy Health began in 1969 when I was hired through my high school’s co-op program to work as a stock boy at Hackley Hospital. During this first glimpse into health care, I had a boss who shared a sentiment with me that I have never forgotten. He said, “Everything you do here has an impact on patients.” I thought to myself, “Why would he say that to me? I am just a stockroom worker. What impact will I have on patients?” Read More
But, as it turns out — each and every one of you, no matter your title — has the unique opportunity to change our patients lives in some way.
I am so proud of the impact you make on the patients that trust us with their most important asset: their health. It’s been an honor to work with you, and I look forward to seeing you the next time I pick up a prescription, see my family doctor or have lab work done. Certainly, it’s been all of my interactions with you that has kept me here for 48 years. My wish for you is that you’ll find the purpose in our mission to keep you here for years to come.