Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV.
With a spirit of courage, sacrifice, liberty and independence, I wish you a Happy 4th of July. It is my hope that you use the time with your families to reconnect with one another while at the same time embracing what a wonderful country we have the honor to be a part of. And, while we are re-connecting, I hope you will also take a moment to thank those who are currently serving, or have served in our armed forces, as they help to protect our independence at home and around the world each and every day. They are providing us with peace of mind.
Where would we be without our veterans? And yet, in the news this month, we’ve been reading about the unfortunate tragedy of the failings of the health care system set up to serve those who have served us. At the Highland companies, we stand poised to try to help with providing behavioral health care to our veterans. We currently offer Veteran discounts at our Process Strategies locations. We are working with several companies to expand care for veterans into the private health care system, assuring that veterans get the care that they need, where they need that care, and in a timely way. And, our Highland- Clarksburg Hospital, Inc. stands ready to support the needs of veterans in the Clarksburg region.
So, enjoy the barbecues, the red, white and blue, and the fireworks with your family and friends. Have a few hotdogs, some ice cream, and apple pie. But also remember that we can celebrate our independence because of those who have sacrificed for us. We are at a critical time as a country—we must show how we can care for our veterans. We stand poised at the Highland companies to help.