It’s Thanksgiving—Let’s Give Thanks

Not everyone has the temperament or personality to work in a hospital. Though many miracles occur, scenes and stories of heartache and pain are plentiful. If you prefer happy endings and sunny days, a hospital may not be the place for you. The ability to perform under intense and demanding conditions is a gift.

One day when I was in 7th grade, I was playing football on a playground with a group of friends when I fell awkwardly, with my arm behind my back. I knew immediately something bad had happened to my wrist.

As I was driven to the hospital, my whole arm throbbed with a pain I had never felt before, and I was extremely frightened. The sights, the sounds and the smell of the hospital only increased my anxiety. Only when my father appeared did the fear begin to wane, and I felt a calm settle over me.

Individuals who need the services of our hospital will, likewise, probably feel overwhelmed with pain, anxiety and fear. When they receive exceptional medical treatment in a sensitive, kind and compassionate manner, they will feel calm and hopeful, just as I did.

At Simi Valley Hospital, we have an amazing team of unique individuals who have been blessed with this special gift of caring. Their work is spiritual in nature. At this season of Thanksgiving, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for our caring family, and I give God thanks for each of you.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

November 23, 2006