Hospital Week always falls on the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, a fitting tribute to one of the world’s most important health care professionals. She sparked worldwide health reform and revolutionized health care for soldiers, and later, for all patients. She not only provided medical care, she helped meet patients’ emotional, mental and intellectual needs. She changed the way people viewed the nursing profession, and her work still influences many today.
I see some of Florence Nightingale in all of you, whether you take care of patients in a hospital, a doctor’s office, or from a desk. Health care is a calling for you, and you use your God-given abilities to make our patients’ lives better. Florence Nightingale didn’t want acclaim; that’s not why she did what she did. And like her, all the DAISY and Service First awards in the world aren’t what motivate you to help others.
I want to kick off Hospital Week by thanking you for continuing the tradition of caring that Florence Nightingale and others pioneered centuries ago. And thank you for continuing to fulfill your calling at Baptist. You make us a better organization.