As we turn the page on not just another year, but also a decade, I urge each of you to take time to reflect on the many opportunities we are given all year to demonstrate the true spirit of the holiday season. It is wonderful to see extra warmth and generosity shown during the holidays, but at ARH, I see that giving spirit all year long!
ARH team members give of themselves every day and in many different ways. Everything from the hundreds of hours it takes to build successful Relay For Life programs to welcoming teachers back to school with a celebration breakfast. We are a vital part of our giving communities during every season.
However, at this time of year, ARH team members always seem to give much more. For example, ARH employee Greg Champion, continues a tradition started by his father of putting together a Toy Drive for the children of Knott County. It’s an incredible undertaking requiring hours of organization and dedication, but it has always made a tremendous difference for the children and their families.
It would be difficult to mention all the Christmas parties given by ARH staff for various individuals in the communities they serve because there simply are so many, both large and small. These are gestures that make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve. There are coat drives, warm gloves and knit hats gathered, and even a Santa visit from Raymond Elsoueidi, MD, thrilling staff, patients and their families each year, by appearing as the jolly old man himself! I love seeing the smiles when Dr. Elsoueidi puts away his stethoscope and brings out the white beard.
I am always proud to be part of the ARH Team, not just during the holidays, but year round. I send warm greetings to each of you with the hope you enjoy and truly experience the spirit of the season. Let’s also take time to reflect and acknowledge as healthcare providers, we are in a unique position to positively touch the lives of individuals each day of the year. Toys, food and coats are large gestures, but so is a smile, a warm touch, and a kind word.
May the season be especially good to you and your family and thank you for everything you do every day. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a blessed New Year to you and yours!
Joseph L. Grossman,
President & CEO, Appalachian Regional Healthcare