After a very mild winter, spring was ushered in by snow. On the first full day of spring, we awoke to falling snow and a 2-hour school delay. For most of us this is not what we think of when we hear the word spring. We think of crocus, daffodil, and tulips blooming and new blossoms on the trees. We look forward to fishing, bike riding, baseball, and hiking. We know that summer is just around the corner and it’s only a matter of weeks before we can leave the house without bundling up and it will still be light out when we get home.
This spring, Johnson Memorial has much to celebrate. On January 1, 2016, we officially became part of the Trinity Health-New England family, giving Johnson a bright future. Johnson heralded its affiliation with Trinity Health-New England with a nod to its past and an embrace of its future.
We also introduced the Trinity Health Core Values (Reverence, Commitment to those who are poor, Justice, Stewardship, and Integrity) during the unity ceremony held on February 11, 2016. Mission and governance leaders from Trinity Health – New England, along with executives from Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH), Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and Saint Mary’s Hospital reflected on the legacy and presented a vision for the future of the 92-bed hospital that has been an anchor institution in north central Connecticut for 104 years.
JMH is the fourth hospital to join Trinity Health- New England, the regional health ministry that also includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Sisters of Providence Health System with its affiliate Mercy Medical Center, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
“Today we celebrate as Johnson Memorial Hospital, Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services are welcomed into the Trinity Health-New England family,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, F.A.C.H.E., President and CEO of Trinity Health –New England.
“As we look back at the legacy of care that Johnson has provided over the past century, we can admire all that we have achieved,” noted Stuart E. Rosenberg, President of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services.
“Our history is one of strength, of rebounding from adversity,” said Patrick Mahon, chairman of the Johnson Board of Directors.
So we must celebrate the truth that life holds more possibility and potential than we first imagine. There is now reason to be inspired as we prepare to continue the tradition of Johnson. And, most importantly, we know that in celebrating the triumphs of hope and desire from the past, we can unleash our past history as we prepare for the future that lies ahead.
May the hope of spring fill your heart with your internal faith and renewed energy.
On behalf of Patrick Mahon, Chairman of the Board and myself, we wish you and your family a blessed spring.