Today is the start of a momentous week. By now you have heard the news that the first COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the FDA and it is en route; being delivered across the country. This is an amazing accomplishment for the scientific and health care communities. We expect to receive our first allotment by tomorrow and will begin vaccinating employees and staff on Wednesday — a light at the end of the tunnel.
A year ago at this time, we never would have imagined that we would be celebrating a moment such as this. We have been living through a historic time, and as health care providers you were called to your highest level of commitment and responsibility. You have risen far and above all expectations and excelled at every turn, every request, and every challenge with competence and grace.
I know you are weary — and at times feel overwhelmed.
It has been a fearful and frustrating time these past many months. And at this time of year especially, with the holidays upon us, we yearn for our traditions, family and a renewed sense of normalcy.
We expect this week to be another very busy week. We are in the midst of a second surge and are navigating the challenges of an increasing number of COVID-positive patients. It is important to remember, however, that we are better prepared this time. We know more; we have the experience; we have safe supplies of PPE; we have renovated facilities — and now we have a vaccine.
Please, take a moment today for yourself — acknowledge all that you are feeling, all that you have endured this past year, and all that you have accomplished. You are taller than your circumstances.
It will get better. We are at the threshold of better, easier times.
Thank you does not always truly say how deeply appreciated you are. I am so proud of and grateful for your commitment, your excellence and your caring. We will continue to achieve great things for our patients, for our communities and for each other, together.
Stay safe and healthy,