Well friends, it’s been a while since I’ve written and I am truly sorry about that! No excuses other than when I agreed I would do a blog, my one and only condition was that only I would write it and it would not be done by a ghost writers or a publicist. And frankly, after the first three blogs, I just felt I needed to pull back some. But, I am back in the game now and commit to those of you who emailed me asking “when is the next one?” that I will put one out there at least every month. Stay tuned and thanks for hanging in there with me.
The Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I love the changing colors, the crispness in the air, and aromatic smell of wood and leaves burning outside. It’s also when all my favorite sports passions are in full stride including college football, the Tennessee Titans, and most importantly, the season tipoff for my beloved Kentucky Wildcats basketball. In fact, the only downside to Fall is the dreaded Daylight Savings Time change that has it pitch black at 4:30 p.m. and me wanting to go to bed at 7:30 p.m. that first week. Thank goodness for Starbucks because it’s absolutely brutal!
But, there is another reason I’ve come to love Fall.
Fall also just so happens to be the time of the year when the majority of Capella’s corporate office charitable and community service efforts take place. Fall has truly become a “Season of Service” for us. Over the next few months, we will be privileged to help build a Habitat for Humanity house (more on that later), launch our annual United Way campaign (including the Full Tummies, Warm Hearts Thanksgiving baskets for underprivileged families), head over to Hot Springs, AR, to support the Kamo’s Kids Foundation Winter Golf Winter scramble, participate in the Viva La Diva race benefitting Fifty Forward, and then in what has become an highly anticipated holiday tradition for us, spend an afternoon at the Nashville Rescue Mission sponsoring and serving a special holiday meal to the homeless of Middle Tennessee.
(BTW, I know what some of you are thinking…playing golf is a service? But seriously, if you saw my golf game even in the best of conditions – much less early December – you would know that playing golf for me is truly laboring for a great cause!).
Seriously, this Season of Service is when Capella functions at its highest level and achieves the most. It is when through service to others, the stress of the daily “grind” is for a moment set aside in favor of more important things. And it’s not that all the tough stuff magically goes away by any means because it doesn’t. It’s just that it all gets put into perspective and, at least for me, I reconnect in a meaningful way to why I got into healthcare in the first place and why I love working at Capella.
However, there is another reason this time of year and these efforts are special. Because it is one thing to give money quietly to deserving charities and the needy, but it is another thing to go out there and serve personally, living in the world of those less fortunate, if but for a few minutes. When that happens, there are no titles, no seniority, and no positions more (or less) important than any other. For the homeless guy who passes through the food line in December, it doesn’t matter that I am the CEO and person next to me is not. All that matters is that there are two people doing something – seemingly small as that is – to show they care. And that is what I mean when I say we function at our “highest level” – equally aligned and accountable not by our positions, but by our contributions.
Of course, in the communities we serve throughout the country, employees, volunteers and physicians also give their time to many remarkable community service projects. You can read about more of their outstanding work on our website: Serving our Communities. I am so proud of – and inspired – by all they do.
I mentioned earlier the Habitat for Humanity build, and wanted to let you know how blessed our corporate office was to be able to co-sponsor and help build a very special home in Franklin, TN. While we did not plan it this way, in a quite fortuitous “doubling down” on the theme of service to others, it just so happens that the house we got to work on was for Mr. Harold Allen, a disabled military veteran (shown above at the wall-raising ceremony). Through the amazing work of Williamson County’s Habitat for Humanity and the generous gifts of service by others, he will be moving into his first home just in time for the holidays. Mr. Allen, we are in awe and appreciation of your service to our country – the greatest service there is and one we all too often take for granted. We at Capella Healthcare thank and salute you, Sir! We look forward to attending the dedication of your new home on Veteran’s Day!
In closing, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the service to others that happens every day inside Capella facilities across the country. Whether it is in a non-clinical, support role like mine where you serve those who serve our patients, or more importantly, the clinicians who directly provide healing and comfort to their friends, families and neighbors – thank you for making service to others what we are all about. You make every day a Season of Service!