Happy National Doctors’ Day!
Like most traditions in 2020, National Doctors’ Day feels different this year, too. In fact, the past few weeks have been anything but typical, with each of us at Augusta University Health working to maintain normalcy for our patients and families in the midst of a new, unprecedented reality. Often, with each day bringing more questions than answers.
Augusta University Health System CEO Katrina Keefer shared a message of thanks on March 30, which is National Doctors’ Day:
“When I assumed this role eight months ago, I knew I was in for many challenging days to come. I was energized by knowing that you were here providing great patient care, as well as excelling in preparing the next generation of physicians and in academic research.
“Financial hurdles stood before us, but at the heart of the organization were great physicians taking care of their patients. I knew that noise could be quieted and the organization had the ability to be unstoppable.
“I have been so honored to have the opportunity to begin to change the narrative and continue to be outspoken for your leadership in teaching, research and health care delivery.
“Now, in a country riddled with fear and anxiety, you have introduced surety and strength during this public health crisis. Thank you for pivoting to technology for your patients. Thank you for participating in discussions to help us make the next best decision. I am in awe of the clinical teams coming together under tremendous pressure to operationalize safe patient care planning, while continuing to read literature and challenge current thinking based on new publications.
“I’m grateful to our physician community for many reasons, most notably what is becoming a chief organizational strength: perseverance and strength in the face of change and adversity. Thank you to all Augusta University Health and Medical College of Georgia physicians for serving as a source of inspiration for me and for our community. Today, we celebrate you!”