October 16th was Bosses’ Day. I wouldn’t have remembered it except a group of my staff kindly reminded me with a card and gift. It was a wonderful surprise that I’m never sure I truly deserve but I am so appreciative of the kind thoughts. I would be remiss if I didn’t share the following thoughts on this day. It’s truly humbling to be the boss of anything but it’s especially so when I think about the amazing people of whom I am the “boss.” I have the good fortune of working with very skilled and compassionate caregivers, providers and support staff on a daily basis. I am extremely proud of each and every member of our team for the work they do for our patients and community. I am proud to partner with other community agencies such as law enforcement, fire and EMS rescue, homecare/hospice and other local businesses to create a synergy that supports this community and our surrounding communities to the best of our abilities…But today I want to recognize three special groups that quietly and diligently work behind our scenes planning community events on our behalf; raising money so we can continue to have much needed funds for projects and equipment to better support our patients. These three groups are the members of our hospital board, our foundation board and our hospital auxiliary. Without these ladies and gentlemen we would not be able to accomplish so many of the good things that are happening at HMH. They are small but mighty groups of individuals that day by day, week by week plan and orchestrate so many events in order to help supply some extra money to the hospital. I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working side by side with them at these events and can say with certainty they are the hardest working individuals. So today I recognize all of our volunteers that do so much for our hospital and this community. So much of the good that is happening for us right now is because of each of you. We couldn’t survive without you and I am in awe of your generosity and perseverance on our behalf.
Gratefully, Isabel Schmedemann CEO, Herington Municipal Hospital