America is strong on Thanksgiving two years after COVID

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week with friends and family, I am reminded that we truly have much to be thankful for.
Our country has come through a multi-year pandemic, staggering inflation, and a contentious election meant to try to further divide our country.
While we hold separate belief systems, political affiliations, and values, there may be no better lens into what makes America than through a health care lens.
As a health care leader, I’m strengthened daily knowing that our staff, physicians, and volunteers continue to serve a fighting American spirit.
The great thing about being in health care is we see individuals from all walks of life with varying backgrounds and needs.
Despite the differences, we have a shared common goal: help our patients get better and overcome their challenges.
There was physical fatigue, mental fatigue, loneliness, isolation and sadness, yet health care professionals pushed on, like those who were impacted by COVID-19.
The level of loss was real and the ripple effects that illness from COVID-19 had on our society will carry a long tail.
But while it shows the worst of America, it also shows us the best of America.
That sacrifice that Americans are willing to make for each other is what makes our country so special.
While our values of hard work, grit and determination are always on display, we value our community and believe in the greater good.
On this Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll join me in giving thanks for all of those who serve our country.
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