Nothing says summer like ice cream for dessert. I know folks who just LOVE the homemade variety. When I was a kid there was only one way to make homemade ice cream—with one of those bucket ice cream makers where ice and rock salt are used to supercool a canister filled with your favorite ingredients. Paddles stir the stuff while it gets colder and becomes ice cream.  The really old contraptions have a handle for turning the paddles; the more modern machines use an electric motor.  Either way, once you get it all going, in about 20 minutes you have ice cream!

The hand-cranked ice cream churn was first patented in 1843 by an American woman named Nancy Johnson (an American culinary hero!).  All these years later, her invention is still a well-loved way to make ice cream—even though now you can buy fully automatic machines that will make ice cream and frozen yogurt and gelato and sorbet. Many people feel that those hand-cranked buckets are still the best for making that sweet and creamy concoction that is summer in a bowl!

Really good homemade ice cream requires a great recipe, the right ingredients, the right tools—and it is best when it’s made by a team of people who understand the whole process and who work well together. The very best part of making ice cream is sharing the process with friends and family—and enjoying the results together.

Of course, our work in healthcare is a lot more complicated and difficult than making ice cream.  But I love being part of an organization that values teams of people who know and understand the complex processes that help people confront illness and disease—teams that help whole communities lead healthier lives. We follow careful and proven “recipes” for success in our work. We bring the right ingredients, the right tools, and the right people together every single day. And we seek the best outcomes possible. It is with love and compassion that we share the results with our patients and their families.

A lot of love goes into making homemade ice cream. And into great healthcare, too.

That’s what makes the difference.