A Joy To Have Served - May/June 2013
This is the hardest letter I’ve had to write and at the same time, it’s the easiest. Hard, because after 16 years, I am retiring and this is the last time I will write to you as Good Shepherd’s president and chief executive officer. Easy, because I have one more opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has made my tenure a joy.
I will miss the daily interaction with an incredible staff, board of trustees, my leadership team, patients, residents, families, donors, and volunteers who make Good Shepherd the unique and remarkable place that it is. I’ve seen extraordinary things happen here and it’s all because of people like you who make so much possible.
I continued to learn over the years, and I have so many to thank for teaching me. I’ve learned to be more patient, to be a better listener and to be more balanced in decision making. I’d like to think that time has taught me to be wiser and experience has helped me to be more astute. As others have mentored me, I will continue to mentor others.
I’ve learned to be nimble, flexible and willing to change in a health-care environment that has become more complex and challenging. That’s the Raker model, to always be ready to do what’s necessary for the times. These are all things I will take with me in life’s next chapter, which I assure you will keep me connected and involved with the Lehigh Valley.
Together, we have accomplished so much. I am deeply proud of our staff members who are so forward-thinking in meeting the patient’s needs, and who have earned the respect of their peers nationally for their expertise.
I leave confident that my successor, John A. Kristel, whose appointment was just announced as of this writing, is inheriting a great legacy of caring supported by some of the best people I’ve been privileged to know. I’m excited the board of trustees has selected such a dynamic health-care professional who also believes firmly in our mission.
I will hold in my heart the glory of witnessing incredible outcomes, miracles I call them, that have and will continue to happen here. As donors, never forget the important role you play in making great things possible.
Sally Gammon, FACHE
President & CEO