CEO Message: On Veterans Day
Every spring on Memorial Day we honor those veterans who died for our country or who have passed away since their time of service. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we have a similar opportunity, but this is a day to express our gratitude for all of our veterans — especially, it seems to me, those who live and work right here in our own community. As fellow citizens, their distinctive experiences and perspectives enrich and help shape our lives.
Our MultiCare team includes over 700 veterans of the U.S. armed services, more than 100 hired so far in in 2014. We are proud to be active supporters of “Hire America’s Heroes” and appreciate the skills that our veteran employees bring to MultiCare.
In his book “Faith of our Fathers,” Senator John McCain of Arizona reflects on the time that he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and describes how it shaped his attitude toward his country.
“In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn't until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her. ”
Veterans Day is a chance to fall in love with our country all over again, and not just for the comforts and privileges it offers to us. A day like this gives us a chance to learn what it means to love this country, and our instructors are those who have served it without reservation and with great sacrifice.
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