It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, the companion to the Mother’s Day holiday we celebrated in May. And just as Adventist HealthCare (AHC) is blessed with wonderful employees who are mothers, we also have a generous share of fathers gracing our staff. Like Jay Fuller.
Jay had been a father for eight years when he joined our staff at Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH). He began his work with us as a staff therapist in Respiratory Care, became the night shift supervisor after seven years, and has been the manager of Respiratory Care at WAH for the past six. Along the way he and his wife became the proud parents of two more children. His youngest is now in high school. His 17-year-old is an exchange student in Japan. And his eldest has finished school and is living on his own. Jay jokes that when gas money is needed, it’s one of his kids on the line. Jay is proud of them all.
Being a father is important to Jay, and he brings the values he lives out as a father to his work. His colleagues describe him as a mission-filled and driven leader who shows strength and leadership in a fatherly way—and who enjoys being a part of the leadership team that visits patients with birthdays, singing to them in his Barry White voice.
On Mother’s Day Jay honored the mothers on his staff who were working that day by bringing them a cake, balloons, and small gifts. I doubt he thought about how his actions might not just be noted and appreciated, but also actually become an inspiration to all of us on the AHC team.
Jay reminds us that it makes a difference when we are treated with respect and appreciation. It makes a difference when we take notice of the needs of those with whom we work. It not only contributes to our own happiness; it also impacts the way we relate to our work—and ultimately how we fulfill our mission of demonstrating God’s care.
On Father’s Day, as we think about the ones we call Dad or Papa or Pops or Father, and as we have the opportunity to bask in the love of the children who have their own affectionate names for us, we can also be mindful of the ways in which we can bring fatherly value to those whose lives we touch. And we can also benefit from the rich relationships we enjoy with our peers and colleagues.
Thank you for what you do each day to bring our Heavenly Father’s love to life in Adventist HealthCare.