Happy New Year! It’s a fresh start for all of us as we clean the slate and strive for good health, happiness and success in 2023. I know the team at CHI will be forging ahead to continue with high quality compassionate care with new innovations, programs and services this year. I hope the new year brings new opportunities to all of you.
Hopefully, you were able to round out last year with us at the CHI Holiday Festival. I am so grateful to the dozens of organizations who stepped up with donations to ensure the children in our community received toys during the holiday season. It was such a delight to see the joy and excitement on their faces as they received toys, danced with the Grinch and sat down for the holiday movie “The Grinch.”
Then came another gift on New Year’s Day when CHI doctors delivered the first baby of the New Year in Miami-Dade!
As I reflect on 2022, I am emotional when I consider the way the community continues to rally around our capital campaign to build the Children’s Crisis Center. Last year, donors gave more than $260,000! We are now just $377,000 away from reaching our $5.5 Million Goal. This tremendous support will ensure children with severe mental illness receive the intensive care that they need.
I am also amazed and humbled by the care and devotion of the CHI team. They continued to provide high-quality healthcare to all of us in the midst of an ongoing pandemic with new challenges and illnesses such as monkeypox and more. They did this while caring for themselves and their own families during difficult times.
I hope you all will remain resilient and optimistic. Having a positive mindset is key to happiness and success. Look around you, just as I have, there are signs of hope and gifts among us.