CEO Message: Legacy builders
With 2017 knocking at the door, and the news filled with retrospectives on the year that is just ending, I find myself thinking about legacies — the way we each impact and make a difference (for good or for bad) in the world we share.
This line of thinking was prompted by the remembrances in various media outlets of those we lost this year, including David Bowie, Antonin Scalia, George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Joe Garagiola, Prince, Morley Safer, Muhammad Ali, Pat Summitt, Elie Wiesel, Donald Henderson, Charmain Carr, Gwen Ifill, Fidel Castro, John Glenn, Henry Heimlich and Carrie Fisher. However, I’m also thinking about the legacies we create each day, regardless of fame or circumstance.
Some legacies are created when we seek to make good things happen or establish something new. Some legacies are created when we seek to protect that which is important to us, things that already exist. Some legacies are created when we seek to nurture others and construct environments for learning and growth.
As we think of those who left us during this year, we consider their legacies. We appreciate what they helped to create, what they helped to protect, and how they nurtured. And we are inspired by their personal commitments to the things they loved and valued. (And sometimes we remember the trouble they caused or the damage they did.)
There are legacies being created every day, by each of us, in every corner of our world. If there is a resolution that is part of my New Year, this is it: to be aware and faithful to the idea that together we are creating legacies. To be appreciative of the positive things we can create and build together. And to protect and nurture each opportunity for compassionate and effective care for the people and communities we serve.
Happy and Healthy New Year!
About The Author
Bill Robertson has served as MultiCare's President and CEO since May 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare, Inc., based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas. More stories by this author