Labor Day is a holiday about work, but not necessarily a holiday from work. Many of our Adventist HealthCare family are busy about their jobs this weekend, fulfilling our commitment to care for our communities 24/7/365. If you are working or on call this weekend—thank you. Taking on a bit more than your share will mean a lot to other members of our staff this holiday weekend.

On Labor Day I want to acknowledge all of our staff—whether you are working this weekend or spending it as a holiday with family and friends.  Each day the mission of our institutions depends on you—your talent, your skill, your experience; your careful response to the needs of our patients, families, and communities.

The US Labor Department gets to the core concept behind Labor Day when it states on its website that Labor Day acknowledges “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”  When I think about workers, I immediately think about the teams who are working in our hospitals this weekend—working together to guarantee that those we serve receive excellent care.

And then I think about how many teams come together every single day to make that happen. Not just on a holiday, but every day.

I believe that committed people working together are at the heart of what we do and how we deliver great care and fulfill our mission.  Successful teams flourish throughout our organization, and they are invariably made up of dedicated people providing excellent service.

Life offers us many opportunities to truly belong to a group united in a common cause. The cause may be playing on a sports team, or taking on a community challenge, or singing in the choir. Or it can be as serious as being a part of a team of people saving lives. What is significant is what these opportunities give back to us: a sense of our own identity and worth, communities of value, and teams working together that make a difference.