The Power of One in Health and Healthcare
I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a 10-year-old girl on the recommendation of a school librarian. She wanted me to understand and remember how powerful one child can be in our world. She told me to read Anne Frank’s diary to understand what Anne Frank already knew – that she and her family were about to become silenced by an insane world. Anne Frank, ONE little girl, changed my life and millions of others with her words – words as simple as:
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
My friends and colleagues in healthcare know this with a certainty that drives us to work every day: It is never a “hospital” or a “therapy” that saves a human life; it is the power of ONE. One person who takes the time to treat, to care, to find the cure to match the cause, to talk to a patient’s heart to help them change their body. Being a healthcare provider or a healthcare administrator is a position of immense responsibility and trust in the power of one person to make a difference to many.
In this turbulent, political era of healthcare reform, it is my fervent wish that we all remember – like that school librarian taught me all those years ago – no change is possible without ONE person offering their whole self to the world. Commitment is never a group endeavor; it comes from the individual heart.
All it takes is ONE healthcare provider to save a life or discover a cure for millions. ONE healthcare executive can make a decision that improves the health of an entire population.
And even ONE girl can claim a victory over a Fortune 500 in her quest to make the world a healthier place. One of the hospitals I am proud to call a client and a Spirit of Women member, Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, identified and supported a young “Spirit Girl” as a community leader with a mission to have an unhealthy additive removed from her favorite drink, Gatorade. Sara Kavanagh single-handedly launched a campaign that ultimately encouraged PepsiCo, Inc. to change the recipe of Gatorade and other drinks. What a shining example of the power of ONE to make us all healthier.
Keep moving forward in the power of ONE.
I encourage all hospital executives who consider a community program and population health strategy like Spirit of Women to cultivate the POWER OF ONE in healthcare.
For your employees, Spirit brings a celebration of the human element in clinical care. For the women in your region, it brings programs that inspire individual motivation and action for better health. DOWNLOAD a roadmap for Spirit success and celebrate how each and every one of us is powerful and every one of us is health in action.
In the Spirit of Good Health,