Thanksgiving 2021 - A Message from CEO, Jake Erickson

Nov 23, 2021Health Focus

Dear Community and Team Bingham,

This Thanksgiving season, I would like to express my gratitude for our doctors, nurses, and supporting staff members, especially this year for their tireless work on the frontlines as the battle against COVID-19 has continued. And, thanks not only our team members for their service during the pandemic, but to all of the caregivers and support staff in our region that have been working so hard during the staffing shortages and challenging times.

Further, we wish to thank everyone throughout East Idaho for trusting us with your medical care this past year. Whether it was welcoming little ones into the world, helping you through a surgery, caring for those in their golden years, or anything else in between, it is always our pleasure to help you and your family.

To everyone who works in healthcare, thank you for your tireless service. I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe, strong, and healthy, and continue to look on the bright side of things. Healthcare workers are the most valuable asset in the healthcare system. Each day, these brave men and women come to work to face the risks associated with patient care in an infectious disease environment. We are grateful for their selfless service.

I would also like to thank our team members for:

  • Continuing to serve on the front lines—day in and day out.
  • Showing your courage, strength, generosity, and perseverance.
  • Delivering hope to our patients and visitors in such a high–quality and compassionate way that we are accustomed to doing.
  • Putting your talents forward in order to reassure and protect our patients and to save lives. Our families, loved ones, and neighbors depend on you to heal us, make us feel better, and provide physical and mental comfort.

Our region needs more nurses at this time. I encourage those nurses who are not currently working to consider getting back into the field. Come help during this time of great need.

This year when giving thanks, in light of everything going on at home and around the world, please know that even the simplest act of kindness can make a world of difference to those around you. I challenge each of us to practice a little more kindness and a little more patience this holiday season. Focusing on the positive helps the brain to pick up on more positivity around us, rather than negative aspects of life.

We are blessed with a community of people like you—people who work hard and respect those around them. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.



Jake Erickson, MBA/HCA

CEO at Bingham Healthcare