President’s Message

Posted on Dec 2, 2020 in President's Message | 0 comments

Thanksgiving just passed, and even though I was working, somehow the holiday was actually quite pleasant.  Several patients said to me, “thank you for being here” – something that I don’t commonly hear, and that small gratitude made me feel much better about the day. I was even able to share some laughs with a particularly upbeat patient who was on her way to the OR.

We’ve all sacrificed a lot this year. These holidays have traditionally been times when we have gotten together with friends and family, shared a meal and stories, and generally reveled in good times. But this year pleads with us not to do that, or certainly not in as carefree a fashion as previous years.

There is a path forward. The promise of an efficacious vaccine is not on the horizon, it’s just around the corner. We have 3 potentially viable vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Oxford/AstraZeneca currently undergoing review process from FDA for emergency use authorization. Sutter has invested in ultra cold storage in anticipation of the distribution of the vaccines. And yet, the nation is experiencing its largest surge yet, with nearly 200,000 new cases reported daily. Most counties in California have gone back to more restrictive measures and even stay at home orders. This past holiday has seen a tremendous amount of travel that threatens to bring that surge back to our doorsteps. We are certainly seeing signs of a steady rise in cases across the Sutter system in the last few weeks.

So I ask of you to be patient, minimize non-essential travel, refrain from getting together with extended family, and continue to adhere to sound public health advice. We are so close, and while the recovery won’t be immediate once the vaccine is deployed, this is our only way to get back to a semblance of more normal living.

Thank you for all the work you have done throughout the year, and thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made. I am proud to be part of the Summit family. Please, let’s us all be safe through this holiday season, and I look forward to us all getting together in person soon.

Jeff Chen MD, MPH, FACEP
Chief of Staff, ABSMC Summit Campus

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