Guest column — See yourself in the big picture

One of the most important and influential life choices we make is where to work.

The majority of us spend at least 40 hours a week at our job. Remember showing up for your first week here? I remember feeling excited and very overwhelmed. And that was many years ago! Our organization keeps growing and is more complex than ever.

I know first-hand that UF Health has a lot to offer employees. We can develop skills, learn, grow and stay challenged for as long as we wish. Many of us have not only established a great career and strong professional relationships, but we’ve also grown personally and made lifelong friends here. We’ve chosen a dynamic place where we can contribute and make a difference.

I’m on the UF Health Communications team. Our goal is to inform and engage people in understanding the important work taking place at UF Health. We love telling UF Health’s stories. We never tire of sharing patients’ testimonials of their life-changing experiences. We’re inspired to tell how faculty and staff are working together to provide the best possible care. We’re proud to reveal the incredible experts who are moving medicine forward.

But what about the bigger picture? Explaining the structure of UF Health and all its components is daunting. So when we were asked to create a welcome video for new hires, to answer the question, “What is UF Health?” — we had our work cut out for us!

This month, we’re proud to share the result. The video will be shown to new faculty, staff, residents and volunteers during orientation and training. It outlines UF Health’s vision and strategic priorities. It highlights our patient care, education, research and community health missions. It features our hospitals, outpatient programs, health science colleges and research institutes.

The welcome video spotlights the people at the heart of UF Health — which is made up of more than 22,000 faculty, staff, residents and volunteers, as well as our students. It includes a message from David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and UF Health president. There are also three professional actors who serve as hosts. We produced it in-house: The scriptwriting, images, animation and editing were done by UF Health Communications teams. We especially thank Creative Services for making the script come to life!

You can view the video on the Bridge, under “Education,” then “Faculty/Staff Development.”

We hope the messages resonate with you and make you feel proud to be a part of the UF Health family.

Kim Rose
Strategic Communications
UF Health Communications