Allentown News

Published on December 22nd, 2015


Christmas and New Year’s Message from Rick Anderson, our President & CEO

Dear Fellow Employees
St. Luke’s Physicians and Volunteers

I have always felt that the Christmas Holidays are the best time of year. They provide an opportunity to create lasting memories, new family traditions and to remind ourselves of our past family traditions. They also provide a wonderful opportunity for introspection and occasions to be nostalgic with family and friends. Christmas is not just a time of year, it is a state of mind and, along with the New Year, it provides another chance for renewed optimism. All of the shocking events we have experienced this past year will require us to stay grounded in our beliefs, values, and especially our faith in mankind. Even though our faiths and beliefs may be diverse, we can find common ground in our shared values and remind ourselves the Christmas spirit means, “Peace on earth, good will toward men.”

As I reflect on the devastating events and the inhumanity to man we experienced during the past year, it is more important than ever that we count our blessings for the wonderful organization that employs us, the wonderful community in which we live, and our freedoms. Our families, our many friends and relationships add even more to the phrase, “Count your blessings.”

I never cease to be amazed at the sacrifices the men and women of our Armed Services make daily placing themselves in harm’s way to defend our way of life, protect us, our country and our freedoms. Please take time throughout the year to remind yourself of their sacrifices and those of their families. When you see them, thank them and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

I remain gratified and thankful for your steadfast commitment to your work, our patients, and community in allowing St. Luke’s to achieve its potential. It is important during this holiday season to make it your priority to take time for yourself and those you care for and love. Reflect with pride on your life’s successes and the meaningful role you play in your family. Events of this last year remind us how fragile life is and that no one promises us tomorrow.

In closing, I hope you share my pride in being a member of our St. Luke’s family. May this coming year bring us one step closer to “Peace on Earth.” My sincere wish is that you make memories this season that will remain with you for a lifetime.

Thank you for all you do for St. Luke’s University Health Network. The best is yet to come.

Richard A. Anderson
President & CEO

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