For many of us, Thanksgiving will look quite different this year. The highly-anticipated large gatherings of extended family and friends will be replaced with smaller get-togethers shared among immediate family members or those living in the same household.
Although this year’s celebrations may change long-standing annual traditions, I believe it is still important for us to slow down and take time to embrace this moment of reflection. For me, that includes an opportunity to express my gratitude to each and every one of our OHSU members.
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of an organization that is at the center of Oregon’s efforts in addressing the greatest health crisis of our time. Our ability to serve the health needs of others is a direct result of your hard work and dedication. Thank you for holding our mission in the highest regard, and thank you for your unrelenting commitment to supporting the health and well-being of Oregonians.
While we hoped the holiday could provide a delightful reprieve and sense of normalcy from a year that has been anything but predictable, a third surge in COVID-19 cases has once again increased the risk for vulnerable populations and threatened to overwhelm hospitals. Indeed, the time to be diligent and adhere to the safety guidance and health precautions has never been more important. Thank you for celebrating safely, and thank you for being an integral part of the OHSU community.
Wishing you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS