A message to the WVU Medicine-Ruby Memorial Hospital family from Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer

Today is a special day, one that I didn’t want to let slip through the cracks.

It’s Employee Appreciation Day in the United States, and I can think of no greater honor than to have the chance to thank all of you at WVU Medicine. Today is a day to celebrate your dedication, your skills and your accomplishments.

In the healthcare field, having employees who not only meet expectations but exceed them is crucial to transforming lives. It’s a responsibility and a challenge that we don’t take lightly.

And in thinking about this holiday, I marvel at the scope of all that is accomplished here.

Think about all the things that happen here on a daily basis.

In the same organization and within the walls of the same complex, we’ve got dedicated employees who clean and take pride in the appearance of their area and the building in which we all work. We’ve got technicians who keep equipment running that is crucial to healthcare operations. And we’ve got providers who perform intricate procedures at the highest level.

In our field, we often refer to life-saving procedures as “miracles,” and indeed that is what they are. I hope each and every one of you realize that you contribute, in your own way, to achieving these miracles and that they would not be possible without your commitment to our vision, our values and the patients we serve.

I salute each and every one of you for making WVU Medicine a life-changing experience for patients and their families by providing a wide variety of services at the highest level possible.

Although this holiday is referred to as “unofficial,” I want to make it standard practice that you know how much I appreciate your efforts. You rock!