Meeting all the Vice Presidents (Daniel Fontoura, Michael Jackson, Zareh Sarrafian, Jill Pollock, David Wren, Roger Hadley, etc) and hearing their 2008 strategic focus in the facilities (University Medical Center, East Campus, Children's Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Center, University Health Care, School of Medicine) were great. Reports by Ruthita Fike on the 2007 Factors of success were helpful.
But if I have to point out one single item that made a strong impression, it would be meeting Dr. Lyn Behrens.
I was entranced by her quiet and strong leadership. Three words would sum up my encounter with her- inspired, motivated and touched.
Dr. Behrens just retired from being the CEO/President of Loma Linda University Medical Center. I thought someone with such a major position would be "up-there" but it was a huge contrast to my impression of her as a lofty and proud person.
She is one of the most humble person I have ever met. A dedicated and mission-oriented person who absolutely loves God is what I will remember of her. I had the privilege of having lunch with her and those extra moments were precious.
Most of her conversations were pointed towards God, mission work and "heart flowing with gratitude". She gave us a card- her road map in life that she puts in her wallet. Whenever she gets out of sync with life, she pulls out this road map.
She said, "The purpose of our lives is- faith, hope and love. Christ's picture is in the center of it all. Keep our eyes focused on him....He is our motivation and empowerment. Pray and bless others."
Her vision statement is in 2 phrases:"Transforming lives". "We should be crystal clear and transparent to allow God's love to shine through us. We should love people regardless of their education, health, looks and financial level..."
At the end of the day, people will not remember how you look or what you said. But they will remember how you made them feel.
Dr. Lyn Berrens made me feel good.
You bet. I am up for it! :)
(Too bad I didn't bring my camera!! Didn't get a chance to take pictures with her...)