CEO Messages

A Special Labor Day Celebrating Our Health Care Workers


Earlier this week, as we do every year, the nation paused to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers and specifically the legacy and ongoing work of the nation’s labor unions. This year, more than ever, our health care workers deserve recognition for their continued efforts to safeguard our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

California hospitals employ 1.1 million workers and contribute $297 billion to the state’s economy. But the added value of health care workers’ care, compassion, and commitment is immeasurable. While it’s hard to quantify their many contributions, it’s safe to say that without their strength, dedication, and fortitude, the outcomes would be dramatically different. Each year, these dedicated individuals treat millions of patients in their hospitals, and their skills are needed now more than ever.  

Through surge after surge, our health care workers have been called into action like never before. All those working on the front lines deserve our respect, admiration, and thanks, not just around Labor Day, but every day of the year.  

Thank you to all our health care heroes! 

Other Items of Interest

  • Issues are coming at hospitals and their leaders at an unprecedented rate. Reflecting on these numerous challenges while identifying potential solutions is one of the best ways to move forward in both life and these turbulent work times. Research shows that doing this enables you to shift your perspective and see challenges more objectively. 
  • Great book just released by David Rubenstein: The American Experiment is a collection of interviews on “how a certain unique combination of qualities produced … a distinctive country.”  

    One essay is from Cal Ripken, Jr. talking about his 2,632 consecutive baseball games played over 17 years and how people shared their own streaks with him. 

    Other essays include: 
    • Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant … Ken Burns on Vietnam … Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Reconstruction … Walter Isaacson on innovation … David McCullough on the Wright Brothers … John Barry on pandemics … Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis on music… 
    • If you haven’t seen Ted Lasso on Apple TV yet, block out some time and enjoy. There are some great leadership lessons embedded in a great show — here is a cheat sheet on the Ted Lasso leadership lessons from FastCompany.   

Enjoy the article and the show!