This time of year, I always want to take the time to reflect on all that I am thankful for: my family, my health, my colleagues, and the NAHQ community.

As I thought about the things to be grateful for, especially during this challenging year, a Fred Rogers quote came to mind: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” It reminded me that one of the things I am most grateful for is you – the helpers. Whether you are on the frontlines or behind the scenes, you have always played a vital role as one of the helpers. This has become even more apparent this year, so thank you for all you do!

With the holiday season kicking off, I hope you will take time to reflect and make your own “gratitude list.” I also hope you will take time to reflect on yourself … to make time for yourself.

Give yourself permission to go on that bike ride, take that walk or write in a journal. For me, I walk my dogs and exercise through yoga and weight training.

Set aside time to expand your healthcare quality knowledge. As a leader in my organization, the end of year is when I look at the remaining professional development budget and find opportunities for my team to enhance their skills and training. NAHQ has great resources available to sharpen your healthcare quality tools: on-demand conferences like NAHQ NEXT, webinars and article quizzes, as well as more formal team training options for those new to quality or those ready for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ).

I wish you and your loved ones a healthy and holiday season. And, this Thanksgiving, know how truly grateful I am, along with the entire NAHQ Board and staff, for each one of you.

As always, stay strong and stay well.

Carole Guinane, RN BSBA MBA BBSS CPHQ
NAHQ President

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