Thursday, May 22, 2014

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

I want to congratulate all of today's graduates and their families. We were extremely fortunate to have the acting U.S. Surgeon General, RADM Boris Lushniak, as our guest speaker, placing Salus on the national stage. What especially resonated with me were his comments on health and wellness and the importance of caring for our patients as a whole, not just from the perspective of our specific specialty areas. This is so very consistent with our ethos at Salus - to provide patient-centric, integrated care to all of our patients. Paraphrasing, he also reminded our graduates that today they should be starting to write a new chapter in their book of life's experiences, challenging everyone to make that book exciting, adventuresome, meaningful and interesting to read many years from now. He encouraged us to take risks, to care and in the words of FDR,

"Do something.  If it works, do more of it.  If it doesn't, do something else."

He also asked for our help in motivating people to keep moving, get regular exercise and to quit smoking. It was truly a memorable afternoon; smiling faces of our graduates and their families and pearls of wisdom from RADM Lushniak our acting U.S. Surgeon General. Thanks to all who helped to make this a very special day!


  1. Thank you so much Mr. President for always keep us in the loop of what's happening. I sure did miss a lot and I know I am not the only one. I was wondering if his speech will be uploaded on Salus youtube channel for the rest of us! "Do something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else" That's a very powerful phrase that if we all embrace, we sure will do something and more. Thanks again.

  2. Richard, I wish we would have recorded the speech but unfortunately we didn't. He spoke extemporaneously so there's not even a manuscript! You'll just have to compare notes with folks who were there to get the "full picture". It truly was a memorable and teachable moment in time.