Season of Thanksgiving

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 1:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 1:44 p.m.

The holiday season can be a hectic and overly busy time of the year. There also may be a sense of sadness and frustration as we are reminded daily about situations and efforts "gone wrong." We are often reminded of areas of the world with little available in the way of health care and unfortunate loss of life. These unfortunate situations would include, but not be limited to, the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, and Central and South America.

`Tis also the season for thanksgiving; a season to acknowledge the groups and individuals whose efforts have an extremely important and favorable impact on the quality of life in our community. Our medical community is thankful for the opportunity to practice medicine in the intellectually- stimulating environment of the College of Medicine and is grateful for a medicine faculty willing to cooperate in quality of care issues.

We are fortunate to raise our families in the culturallystimulating environment of the University of Florida. We are thankful for an emergency planning system and a Public Health Service to help through the challenges of "Hurricane September." We are grateful for hospital administrations willing to acknowledge that quality of health care delivery is an important issue.

We are thankful for physician participation and strong leadership in a very successful We Care program. We appreciate a community willing to donate their tax dollars to health care through the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program. We are appreciative to the citizen soldiers and sailors willing to take health care to the hazardous troubled areas of the globe.

Our Alachua County Medical Society is very appreciative of the steady and imaginative leadership of Susan Crowley and Garrett Bell. Please give thanks for our good fortune and have a pleasant, peaceful, and safe holiday season.

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