The story of Nothing Shall Be Impossible
They will say it’s too hard. That it cannot be done.
The obstacles are just too great to overcome. To which
we will say, we are different… We are children of God.
More powerful than we can imagine.
We are followers, therefore we are leaders. Clinging to
what is comfortable and familiar does not serve the greater
good, so we will not do so. We have been called not just to
endure the challenges we face, but to overcome them. And
by doing so, we allow the glory of God that shines within
us to inspire and illuminate those around us.
If it is right, it can and will be done.
They will say it’s too hard. And it cannot be done.
And we will reply, “with God and each other,
nothing shall be impossible.”
In 2013, the leadership of Saint Thomas Health entered a process of introspection that came to be known as “the purpose initiative.” It was so named because we wanted to explore the reason why so many have chosen healthcare – and more specifically healthcare with a faith tradition – as the environment in which to answer a calling.
Having completed an arduous year of difficult decisions, we also wanted to articulate for ourselves and the public the significant and measurable community impact that Saint Thomas Health would have over the next decade. Discussions were guided by our faith tradition as expressed in our Mission and by the principle that, though we may change many things, our Core Values remain constant. With the Mission and Values as our Foundation, we considered the aspiration contained in our Vision statement and evaluated what needed to change in order to achieve our desire future state.
As an integrated ministry, we will help people lead healthier lives, transforming the healthcare experience through trusted personal relationships and holistic, reverent care.
This discussion led to our desire to identity ourselves as “one healing community” and to support that profession with a bold, highly visible act – the renaming of our hospital facilities. This was followed by restructuring of our administrative leadership and enabling medical staff leadership and governance to a greater extent than ever before. We will continue to explore ways to approach our work and our service in a unified way. We are always in the process of becoming and growing as “One Healing Community” and, because of the thought, prayer and discernment that was involved in defining our purpose, we can evaluate our plans and goals in light of whether they build up community or potentially detract from it.
As we explore what we, in community, can do with and for the people we serve, we are guided by the faith that inspired our founders and was authored by Jesus.
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Part of telling the story of Saint Thomas Health involves public statements – advertising, social and traditional media, etc. As we began to evolve our message for this purpose, our inspiration was biblical. We have determined that our faith tradition is the most important part of our identity and want to acknowledge that we constantly observe triumphs of the human spirit, remarkable manifestations of God’s grace and love for us, and the importance of acknowledging our dependence upon each other and God for all of that is good and vital in our lives.
This decision was not made lightly. We never wish to “trade upon” or exploit either our patients or our faith, but we are unapologetically and inherently a Ministry. As such, it is fitting to cite the source of our foundation and our tradition. As we move forward with this message, it’s important to thoughtfully consider its elements.
When we say, “we are different…we are children of God,” we are not saying that we are exclusive. We are saying that kinship with and dependence upon God is what informs that way that we approach our work.
When we say, “we are followers…therefore, we are leaders,” we are acknowledging that part of following the Gospel and the examples of our Founders prompts us to lead in areas of service to the poor, creativity, integrity, reverence, dedication and wisdom. We are also to lead in areas of stewardship, performance and commitment to quality for the benefit of our patients, our communities and our associates.
When we say, “with God and each other, nothing shall be impossible,” we are not ignoring or insensitive to the fact that lives end, injuries and illness happen, and work is difficult. We are saying that, by working together as one healing community and within the will of God, we bring about the reign of God here on earth. We have seen mighty and wondrous things take place in our facilities.
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