As the year 2008 comes to an end, I think many of us are glad to be done with it — it has been a year of huge economic challenges, major financial losses, and great frustrations. None of us planned to spend the past several months dealing with these issues. But we have to play the hand we are dealt, and whether we are talking about the world economy, the American financial or health care systems, or UNC Health Care — we simply have to do our best, and work hard every day.
But I am thankful for many things, here at the end of 2008 —
1. The opportunity to work in an institution that does important, consequential things — leading the way with path-breaking research, teaching the next generation of health professionals, and caring for North Carolinians and others from all walks of life.
2. The blessing of getting to spend my days with bright, energetic, committed people — who care deeply about what they do, and what we do together.
3. The privilege of being a part of the finest team of leaders in any academic health center.
4. The honor of working in a state that puts such a premium on public investment and broad collaboration to accomplish great things for its citizens.
5. The ability of UNC Health Care to provide excellent care to so many North Carolinians.
So … I count my blessings most every day. We have much to be grateful for now, and much to look forward to in 2009 and beyond.