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Looking Forward to a Bright Future

president's letter

Letter from John M. Carrigg, President and CEO of UHS

John Carrigg, CEO

At UHS, we are embracing the return to a more familiar rhythm of daily life, even though the “new normal” may not look exactly like the world did before COVID-19 hit.

We are especially encouraged that more and more people are once again seeking medical care when they need it. Scheduling your annual checkup or a recommended procedure can help you avoid more serious medical issues down the road. One significant example is ensuring that your children have the immunizations they need before they go back to school in the fall.

Likewise, we at UHS are moving forward with a number of organizational plans and advances that are too important to neglect or delay.

We are proceeding with the Wilson Project in Johnson City and the Chenango Medical Neighborhood in Norwich, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the patient experience today and for years to come. We are expanding Hospital Care at Home and adding advances in cardiovascular care at the UHS Heart & Vascular Institute and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital.

We have long been committed to donating automated external defibrillators to key locations around our community, coupling that endeavor with CPR training. In this issue of Stay Healthy, you will learn how a UHS-donated AED, plus quick thinking and calm action on the part of a UHS employee, came together to save the life of a young girl.

So now, more than a year after the pandemic became a reality, we are all picking up the pieces and reflecting on the lessons learned. We are grateful for the remarkable examples of people coming together to support others with compassion and resilience. And we are committed to finding ways to make a positive difference in the lives of many.