Each day, we hear dozens of heartfelt stories describing the compassionate care and acts of kindness demonstrated by you — our dynamic faculty, residents, nurses, staff and volunteers. From lifesaving procedures and new trailblazing research to small acts of kindness, each day, you find a way to inspire those around you. You cultivate the stories that fuel the warmth in our organization.
Over the next few pages, you’ll read about some of our team members who have gone above and beyond and have left an impact on our patients, families, visitors and co-workers. Alongside each picture, you’ll see words and phrases they shared that inspire them daily in their roles at UF Health, and throughout their personal life journeys. As you read through each page, I challenge you to ask yourself what inspires you in your role. Perhaps it’s a memory that’s impacted you, a conversation that changed your perspective or a personal connection that pushed you toward reaching a goal.
Personally, I am inspired by our incredible employees on a daily basis. Serving on the Customer Service is the Key committee gives me an opportunity to hear about hundreds of small and large acts of kindness and caring provided by our clinical and support staff on a regular basis. And what makes us great is that it isn’t only the caregivers who look out for our patients and visitors — it’s employees from Facilities, Food and Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Security, Transportation and other teams who also consider it part of their mission and reason for working here. All of our staff have our patients’ best interests at heart.
It also inspires me every year at the Milestones Banquet to see and visit with the employees who have worked here for so long and who dedicated their careers to UF Health Shands. Clearly, working here is not just a job to them: It’s a calling.
You’ll see how our CSK nominees are shaping how we care for everyone who enters our doors. Their stories are inspiring, and now we encourage you to also go out and create your own story. I look forward to reading how you continue to impact our organization.
Senior vice president, Human Resources
UF Health Shands