I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to each and every Seton nurse. Your dedication, passion and commitment continue to be the most important reasons why Seton is able to provide the highest quality of care available anywhere in the United States. You are a vital component of our patients’ healthcare team. You are valued collaborators, keen observers, skilled researchers and sacred healers at the bedside.

As associates of the Seton Family of Hospitals, we look back on 2008 – a year of growth, financial challenge and proud achievement – and realize that Seton nurses have made dramatic contributions to our success. We have again received the prestigious Magnet designation for four of our hospitals and are proud to retain our Pathway to Excellence designation at three others. We were named a recipient of the Ernest Amory Codman Award for our achievements in perinatal safety. We were named the best healthcare system in Texas and among the top 100 healthcare systems nationwide in Modern Healthcare magazine. None of these achievements would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our nurses.

Of course, our defining purpose and our reason for pursuing the art and science of healing is the Seton Mission. We constantly strive to deliver the best available healthcare to every citizen of Central Texas, especially the most vulnerable among us. And our job is never really done. The upcoming year will present new challenges and fresh opportunities. We will again be tested and will again rely on your dedication, passion and commitment.

Today we pause to thank you for the work you do. The humorist Will Rogers best expressed my appreciation for the work that each of you does: “We can’t all be heroes. Most of us clap as the real heroes go by.” So I invite you to take a bow. You are the heroes of the Seton Family of Hospitals.

Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, President/CEO,
Seton Family of Hospitals

Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, President/CEO,
Seton Family of Hospitals