As I join others this week in remembering Martin Luther King and what he represented during his lifetime, I ask the question, “What am I doing to serve others?” In response, I start with my WHY.
I state this because of the influence of Simon Sinek’s TED talk which points out Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy was all about his WHY. He believed in his cause; he believed he could make a difference; he BELIEVED! My favorite line from Simon’s talk regarding Dr. King is how he started his famous speech, “I have a dream”… Not, I have a plan, an agenda, a conspiracy, a way to make more money, get a raise, or promotion.
Whether you call it a dream or not, WE all have a WHY. A WHY we do what we do! A WHY that all of us at Summa Health System choose to serve our community in healthcare — even in such uncertain times! Is it just a job? No, I believe we are here because we were born to serve — serve all people!
I believe all of us at Summa Health System can make a difference in the quality healthcare we provide. For me, I believe the work I do serves women and their children now and in the future. My position allows me to honor Dr. King by starting everyday with my WHY — my DREAM of advocating for quality healthcare for all.
I believe you can make a difference at every position or level in the healthcare system regardless of your title or your role, even as a patient. You just have to BELIEVE you are serving a role that will make the world a better place, not only for yourself, but for your family, your co-workers, your neighbors and your community.
Michele L. McCarroll, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Summa Center for Women’s Health Research
Summa Health System