CEO Update | Taking time for self-care

Fellow Caregivers,

I hope you found a moment over the past week to rest. You have all worked incredibly hard this year. As we now care for a severe surge of patients with COVID-19, know that your teamwork has prepared us to meet this latest challenge.

Each of us has our own ways of seeking reprieve, whether it is spending time with loved ones, friends, colleagues or ourselves. That is why the holidays are so meaningful for many of us. They are a universal time for getting away.

We have asked each other to reconsider our holiday plans for safety reasons and it is disappointing. But if you scheduled time off, please still use it to take care of yourself, regardless of how your plans may have changed. Or, if not during the holidays, then sometime soon. It is extremely important that you do not lose an opportunity to recharge after this marathon year.

Acts of kindness and expressions of gratitude are time-honored traditions during the holidays. We are very proud of our caregivers who helped prepare and deliver meals and supplies to 2,000 neighborhood residents in Cleveland. This was a special partnership with Meijer, Morrison Healthcare and community leaders. Learn more and watch a video.

Earlier this month, we teamed up with 100 U.S. health systems in a unified public service message for wearing masks. Many more have since joined the #MaskUp campaign .

In South Florida, health systems are coming together to broadcast the message regionally.

The video-sharing app TikTok has also offered generous support for broadcasting our message across the platform. Read our release.

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Giving Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic is more important than ever. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all gifts given today will support our infectious disease research and be matched up to a total of $100,000.

We continue to inspire each other and our communities to maintain hope. Our music therapists carry this message through a performance of Andy Grammer’s “Don’t Give Up On Me.” They collected hundreds of pictures and videos from your fellow caregivers for the video. Please watch and let it brighten your day.

With gratitude for all you do,

Dr. Mijahlevic |  Cleveland Clinic

Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President