I hope that everyone is preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday and some well-deserved time to be with family and friends, to eat a lot of food, and to give thanks to God for our many blessings. I would like to kick off the week by thanking all of you for the pride that you take in your work each day and for the excellent care that you give our patients. A special thanks goes to those who will be working on Thanksgiving Day to care for the patients who are not able to be in their homes for the holiday. Historically speaking, from the time of George Washington, each president recognized a day of thanksgiving in either November or December of every year. Abraham Lincoln was the first to declare that the last Thursday of November would be an annual Day of Thanksgiving. He made this proclamation after touring the battlefield of Gettysburg on whose field 60,000 men lost their lives. In 1941 as the world was in the midst of World War II, President Roosevelt made the Thanksgiving Day holiday permanent and declared it to be the fourth Thursday of November. It is hard to overstate the importance of this holiday in America’s history, especially, it seems, during the worst of times. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday, and be sure to hug your kids and grandkids.
From a letter from a recent patient on the 3rd floor:
“There are simply no words to convey my appreciation for the incredible care and comfort you all provided me. Each member of your staff was so kind and responsive to my every request. I hope to see all of you around Macon and will always think of each of you each and every one as a wonderful friend.”
Wow! What a great statement of praise for our care-giving team!
Congratulations to Teonshe Moody of the 2nd Floor for being selected as Employee of the Month! Teonshe receives a lot of praise from her patients and co-workers alike for her great attitude, tremendous work ethic and winning smile! Congratulations, Teonshe, on a well-deserved honor!
We have now completed our first robotic surgery case and everything went great! Thanks to Dr. Perkel and our OR team for the preparation for this case and many more to come!
Change is coming! December 5th marks the beginning of the long awaited ER expansion project that will increase our capacity by 50 %. Our ER team continues to do a great job while facing the challenges of a growing patient base with a limited amount of space, so it is great to know that by mid-year 2018 the expansion will be complete.
Are you interested in helping a child or children have a better Christmas? Then I encourage you to participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program here at CNH! Stop by the switchboard to adopt an angel and bring your unwrapped gifts by no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 11th. This is a great way to help someone less fortunate!
Greg’s Football Challenge:
I haven’t recapped the last couple of challenges, so here goes.
- Brandy Vann managed to beat me three weeks ago by making an awesome tie-breaker prediction. She predicted Washington would beat UCLA by a score of 41-23 and the actual score was 44-23. Great prediction, Brandy! (Although the Dawgs did beat the Gators that week….).
- I did make a comeback two weeks ago by barely beating Josh Shepard in our match-up. Unfortunately, both Josh and I predicted UGA to defeat Auburn that week, and, well, you know what happened….Congrats to my Auburn friends.
This week, William Irby has decided to take me up on the challenge. Here are this week’s picks:
- UGA @ Georgia Tech: The game known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is always a challenge for the Bulldogs. It’s hard to defend the triple option on one week’s preparation – but I think the Dawgs are up to the challenge and I pick them to win. William picks the Dawgs as well.
- Ole Miss @ Miss State: I think Mississippi State is the better team this year and will win at home. William also picks MSU.
- Alabama @ Auburn: This could be a really great game. Alabama got a chance to see film of Auburn at their best a few weeks ago and I predict that the same Auburn team will show up at home this week. I pick Auburn in a close game. William is going to go with most of the analysts and pick Alabama.
- Notre Dame @ Stanford: I think Stanford will play a good game at home and barely beat Notre Dame. William also picks Stanford.
- Washington State @ Washington: This could be another close game, but I pick Washington. William also picks Washington.
- Texas A & M @ LSU: LSU is on a roll right now and I think they will easily beat the Aggies. William sees this game going the Tigers way as well.
- Vanderbilt @ Tennessee: Two programs that are struggling to win their first conference game, but I give UT the edge at home. I pick UT to win and so does William.
And the tie breaker will be predicting the score for Clemson @ South Carolina: My prediction is Clemson 24, South Carolina 10. William says it will be 31-17, Clemson over South Carolina.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!