Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV
My daughter is a senior in high school. We have spent this year doing the things that many seniors do, like senior pictures, college applications, and yearbook preparation. Recently, as she worked on selecting her “senior quote” from many of her favorite quotes, there was one attributed to Gandhi that seems particularly appropriate to our work at the Highland companies–Gandhi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
This really resonates with me as a health care provider and also resonates with me as someone selected to lead others in our organization.
As we all know, health care is in transition. There are limited resources and seemingly endless needs. Patients are sicker than ever, their needs are more complex than ever before, and health care provider shortages leave less staff to care for more patients. The choice of a health care career in today’s environment takes a dedication to the service of others. And choosing a career of service is a fulfilling one– not because of riches or fame, but rather because at the end of the day, someone who has provided service to others can feel fulfilled and know that the work that has been done means something to those who have received their care. I so often read the comments of our patients and hear their voices saying how a particular provider showed that they cared, and it warms my heart.
So, as my daughter chooses her “senior quote”, I am so pleased to hear her thinking about a life of service as she considers a career in medicine, and proud of the fact that our employees have chosen a career of service in our hospital and outpatient companies. It really is the most fulfilling work that can be imagined–serving another at the most vulnerable time of their life. I am proud to lead an organization like Highland, dedicated to the service of others.