Dear Rocky Mountain Care Family,
I would like to recognize and celebrate ALL of our Nurses who work for the Rocky Mountain Care family and say: “Happy Nurses Day!”
When I think of what each of you does, every day when caring for our residents and patients, it reminds me of the ‘Make a Difference’ story.
One day, a man was walking along a sandy beach. As he walked, he saw a boy repeatedly bending down, standing up, and then swinging an arm toward the ocean. From a distance, it appeared as though the boy was dancing.
As the man drew nearer, he saw that the boy was not dancing; he was picking up starfish off the beach, turning toward the ocean, and throwing them past the crashing waves into deep water.
When the man reached the boy he said, “Good morning. May I ask what you are doing?” The boy paused, looked up, and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean.'” “Why are you doing such a thing?” asked the man. The boy responded, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If the starfish stay on the shore, they will die.” The man observed that the shore was littered with starfish.
“But young man,” he said, “There are thousands of starfish. How will saving a few make any difference?” The boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the water. He then said, “It made a difference to that one!”
Many times small efforts return great results! Just like the boy, we can all make a difference in the lives of those that surround us. Make a difference in someone’s life today!
(Adapted from ‘The Star Thrower’ by Loren C. Eiseley)
Every single one of you ‘Make a Difference’ in the lives that you serve and care for. So many of you made a difference during COVID. We all know of the many health care facilities that closed their doors due to staffing shortages and other issues while facing COVID. However, your efforts and dedication not only kept our doors open, but you also helped us grow by adding Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and another Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) to the RMC portfolio.
So, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for making a difference in the lives that you serve every day at Rocky Mountain Care.
Megan Darby, RN, ICP, WCC
Chief Nursing Officer