A message from CEO Marty Guthmiller
What does a “Report to our Communities” look like in a global pandemic? How does one capture the essence of the heroic actions by caregivers? What does life look like after COVID-19? 2020 has caused us to ask more questions than we can answer. We must force ourselves to look beyond COVID to plan for a still less-than-clear future. Let’s start by defining “community.” With employees from 38 zip codes and babies born representing 33 zip codes, “community” must be defined – and viewed – more broadly. We must embrace our role in the region and set a course accordingly. Emerging from a pandemic, we must engage our communities in determining Social Determinants of Health with even more fervor than before the existence of the Novel Coronavirus. Housing, nutrition, fitness – and in short “wellness” – are vital elements in not only fighting the coronavirus, but any virus. Keeping our “engines tuned” mentally and physically is critical to our future collective health. As we move beyond COVID and into 2021, please know that Orange City Area Health System is here to care for you – for all the communities we serve – and we will never take that privilege for granted. As I have concluded each of our community briefings throughout the pandemic: stay strong, stay vigilant, and stay healthy!