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Words of appreciation: Thank-you notes from 8 health system CEOs

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It's easy to forget to say thank you.

While appreciation is important year round, this time of year is the perfect time to express appreciation. Becker's spoke with eight CEOs who took the time to write notes to their staff, team members and families to express their gratitude.

Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD
CEO of Cleveland Clinic

To cost-conscious caregivers:

Healthcare is always changing. But this time it's different. Past changes have been driven by science, innovation and technology. Today's changes are economic. American healthcare has cost too much for too long. Healthcare providers have to discover how to deliver better care at a lower cost, or we'll torpedo the economy and put our most vulnerable populations at risk.

The good news is this: We can do it. Healthcare professionals are the smartest, most innovative, most conscientious people on earth. They're seizing the opportunity to change the old, costly ways of doing things, and launching new approaches to patient care — ideas that may or may not work, but which need to be tried and evaluated.

We are transitioning from volume-based to value-based care. And I'm proud to say that Cleveland Clinic caregivers have been at the forefront of this transformation. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, they've been examining every procedure, purchase and protocol to see if it can be done faster, better and more efficiently. From the operating room to the storeroom, they're finding ways to consolidate services, eliminate redundancy, standardize purchasing, and improve the care and services we provide to patients, families and our fellow caregivers.

Over the past five years, these teams have cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of our costs. Ideas submitted by individual caregivers have contributed to additional savings. Thanks largely to their efforts, Cleveland Clinic is leading the transition to value-based care from a position of economic strength.

My heartfelt thanks to all of our 43,000 caregivers for the energy, innovation and patient-focus they bring to this necessary and ongoing task. My thanks to providers everywhere who are engaged in the effort to improve quality and lower costs. Working together, for the good of the patient, we cannot fail.

Joe Mullany
CEO of the Detroit Medical Center

Dear friends,

As I prepare to enjoy the company of my family and friends this Thanksgiving, I'm especially appreciative for the great men and women of the Detroit Medical Center, an organization I lead with pride. It is because of the outstanding physicians, nurses, employees, volunteers and hospital leadership that we are able to provide award-winning care to our patients each and every day.

At the DMC, we are driven by our purpose to improve the quality of life for every person who comes through our doors and elevate the communities we touch. There is no greater gift than that of good health, and your continued dedication to serve the residents of Detroit, southeast Michigan and our guests from around the world is very much recognized and appreciated. As one of the city's largest employers, the DMC embraces the responsibility of continuing to fuel local economies and positively impact the overall health and well-being of the residents in this region.

Now is an exciting time. The revitalization of our great city of Detroit is well underway. With your help, Detroit continues to move toward becoming a healthier region and your work will have a positive impact on the health outcomes for generations to come. Our reputation for medical excellence, breakthrough research and community outreach would not be possible without your sincere commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone we serve.

I believe all leaders are nothing without a great team. So during this season of reflection and thanksgiving, please know how very proud I am to serve you and our community as the leader of the DMC and am thankful to be traveling on the path to the top alongside you.

Thank you for your continued dedication.

Joe Mullany

Elizabeth Nabel, MD
President of Brigham and Women's Health Care (Boston)

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to the many people whose work is driving innovation and improving the lives of our patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

From the strong network of scientists and clinicians collaborating here in Boston and around the world; to the organizations and companies who play such an important role in bringing new discoveries from labs to patients' bedsides; to the advocates, government representatives and donors who pave the way for expanding our knowledge of medicine: Thank you for your unwavering dedication. Your talents, skills and compassion bring hope to our patients and families, and I am truly grateful for your enduring commitment to finding new treatments and cures. It is amazing to see the healing that takes place within our walls thanks to the strong efforts of this global community.

Brett D. Lee
CEO of Tenet Healthcare's Dallas Market


I was raised by parents who were both practicing clinicians, and they instilled in me at a very early age the virtues of a life in service to others. One of my mother's favorite sayings was, "When you work to meet the needs of those around you, you will satisfy your own needs in the process." She must have said this to me a thousand times while I was growing up, but it was not until I became a caregiver and healthcare leader myself that I truly came to appreciate the meaning behind the words.

We have the tremendous privilege as healthcare professionals to provide support to our neighbors when they are going through some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. It is a frightening prospect to be a patient in a hospital, and it can be a tremendously helpless feeling to put your wellbeing and those of your loved ones in the hands of people you don't know.

Through the lending of our expertise, our time or even just our kind smiles, we can turn a potentially traumatic experience for our patients into a warm memory. As a CEO, I have the pleasure of seeing each of you achieve this tremendous transformation every day with those who come to us for care, and I continue to be awed at the hard work and dedication I see at every level in our organization.

Our industry is in the midst of some truly fundamental changes. The care delivery model will undoubtedly look very different five years from now, but even in light of this evolution, certain elements remain constant. Healthcare, at its core, will always be a business of building and maintaining trust. Your gifts help us earn the trust that our patients place in us, and I am thankful every day that you have chosen to share those gifts with our community and our organization.

Thanks so much for all you do.

Nancy Schlichting
CEO of Henry Ford Health System (Detroit)

The celebration of our 100th anniversary is a perfect time to reflect on what has made Henry Ford Health System one of the most highly regarded health systems in the country for a century. And that answer is very simple — our people.

I choose to express my deepest gratitude to the 30,000 members of our Henry Ford team — our employees, physicians and volunteers — because they truly represent the best of the best. I often say that working in healthcare is one of the toughest jobs there is — and when you add to that the fact that for the last decade we have worked in the state hit hardest by the recession, where corporate and city bankruptcies made this the toughest environment in the country — there is no question that the people of Henry Ford are extraordinary!

I began my career in healthcare directly out of college as a minimum wage worker, and held a number of jobs between nurse's aide and chief executive. The universal lesson I learned from each position is that every individual in an organization matters. I have witnessed this daily for nearly 40 years in the healthcare industry. That is why I can say with great sincerity that this is both a thank-you note and a love letter to the employees, physicians and volunteers of Henry Ford Health System.

Gary Kaplan, MD
Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System (Seattle)

I am thankful for so much in my personal life and career, it's difficult to acknowledge everyone to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my wife and family. Their love and support have always been a rock-solid foundation and a wellspring of inspiration for me.

Secondly, I am fortunate to have served as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. I have the privilege to work closely with highly skilled and thoughtful individuals who are committed to continuously improving healthcare, providing a remarkable experience for our patients and making a lasting difference in people's lives. I am especially grateful for our team's determination to use their successes to fuel their dedication to accomplishing even more, rather than resting on their laurels. 

Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful and very proud to have become a physician 35 years ago. Being a medical doctor is truly a privilege.

Michael J. Dowling
President and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (soon to be known as Northwell Health) (Great Neck, N.Y.)

Albert Schweitzer said: "We should all be thankful for those people in our lives who rekindle the inner spirit."

For those of us in healthcare, it is essential that this list of people be a long and diverse one. Those who have a positive impact on us enable us to achieve our full potential and influence others. I would argue that there is no industry where this is more important than healthcare. While I do not always have day-to-day contact with patients as a president and CEO, my encounters with those experiencing physical and emotional pain and suffering make me appreciate how fortunate I am.

Gaining a true understanding of the patients' perspective also enables me to better appreciate the work of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers. I am inspired by their abilities, commitment and compassion to do "right" by all those we serve. There is a selflessness and sensibility not found anywhere else except by those who care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. I am grateful for their insight, their passion and the way they help me keep my eye on what is important.

Surprisingly, I am also thankful for the difficult people I work with — oftentimes they are among the most intelligent and also the most persistent. They keep me sharp and make sure that we are constantly challenging ourselves — striving to be better tomorrow than we are today. I can't honestly say I am always grateful for them in the moment of sometimes heated debate, but I am thankful for their dedication and persistence. Without it, we would fall far short of reaching our goals.

Finally and most importantly, I am thankful for the members of my family. They are the ones who, after long days in an often unforgiving industry, inspire me to keep going. Theirs is a faith, love and appreciation for the individual that others who do not share the same roof never fully see. To be appreciated for who you truly are by those who are closest to you is the greatest gift any of us can hope for. It fosters a confidence in our ability to make a difference in the world. For me, the love of my family has given me all of this and more. They have had the most profound impact on my life. Today and every day, it is the thing for which I am most grateful.

Marsha Powers
CEO of Tenet Healthcare's Florida Region

Dear Tenet Florida Region Leaders,

I want to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments this year and to acknowledge this truly talented team that is the best in the business. My goal has been to surround myself with gifted individuals like all of you who demonstrate a commitment to our vision. In addition, I am proud to say that I believe our team of physicians is also the best of the best in their fields. The collaboration within our ten-hospital network combined with the latest technology we have been able to acquire allows us to provide the highest quality of care. This teamwork is truly something I am so proud to be a part of. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of you for your commitment to providing the best healthcare possible for our patients in a working environment our employees are proud of.

As you know, 2015 has been an important year in the advancement of key service lines in our region including cardiac care, neurology, oncology and orthopedics to name a few. Our Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network completed the first LVAD in Palm Beach County, grew our Aortic Disease Institute and expanded our Advanced Heart Failure Network. In addition, our Advanced Neuroscience Network has successfully launched and developed four comprehensive stroke centers with regional coverage and we have offered hope to patients with nowhere else to turn through our Center for Advanced Research Excellence (C.A.R.E.) program's innovation in clinical studies. With the benefit of current medical research and technology, more and more critically ill patients are able to live longer and more productive lives. That is why it is so important that we continue to move forward together embracing innovation and offering the high level services our patients need close to home.

I have been fortunate throughout the years to work with stellar leaders, and I would like to recognize this team as the top in the field. Please know I am extending my sincerest gratitude to you, and I look forward to our continued success in 2016.

Marsha Powers

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Steph, May 13, 2019

Dear June

I hope you’re well. I don’t know if you remember me – I’m Steph, Margaret Debere’s daughter.Mum was with you three years ago. As it was this time of year that she arrived, I paid a spontaneous visit to Bridge House yesterday.I was sorry to have missed you, but wanted to let you know that I was blown away by the warm, kind welcome I received from the staff I met – both those who knew me and people who have joined since Mum died.It was an utterly supportive and welcoming environment, for which I was very grateful.In particular, Clive, Chantelle and Michael were so friendly and all encouraged me to come back as much as I need, and Sonia, whom I hadn’t met before, was very kind and gave me a much-needed hug when I explained who I was and asked to go into the garden. It was lovely to find Mum’s picture still on the wall in the memory tree (dancing with you at the Queen’s birthday tea!) and so precious to be in a space very close to her and without any of the clamour of daily life.

I also wanted to say many congratulations on the earning your Ofsted Outstanding rating. This entirely reflects our (continuing) experience with you and is very well deserved. You must be so proud. I would love to come back again soon and hope to see you again you next time. In the meantime, thank you again for all you have done for Mum and our family, and good luck with your fantastic work.

Very best wishes,


The Griffiths Family, February 18, 2019

Dear June, Sybill and all at Bridge House

This is to say thank you from all the family for everything you did for Gillian over the past few years.

She was made welcome from the moment she arrived for her first respite break almost four years ago, thanks to your kindness and wonderful care, she felt happy and cherished until the end.

We are so grateful that she was so well looked after and that you all took the trouble to talk to us honestly and listen as she declined enabling her to have a good and peaceful death and for our family – and dog – to spend quality time with her in her in her last days.

We were blessed in having Bridge House as Gillian’s last home, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Griffith’s Family.

I wish to thank the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals and staff who To all the lovely staff who took care of me from 9/22 – 9/25: Thank you all for Center and I am writing to thank three professionals for their exceptional care.

Nurse Appreciation Week - Thank You Notes/ Appreciation Messages For Nurse Appreciation Week/ Appreciation Wordings For Nurses/Thank You Note For Nurses/ Thank You Messages For Nurses/ What to write in a Thank You Card to a Nurse

Nurse Appreciation Week is celebrated from the 6th May to the 12th of May. National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in our society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's mission to Crimea. On National Nurses Day celebrations and receptions are held across the United States to honor the work of nurses. Among the most popular activities are banquets, state and city proclamations, and seminars. Many nurses receive gifts or flowers from friends, family members, and patients. 

So go ahead and show your appreciation to your favourite nurses you know in your family or friend circle and write a heartfelt appreciation message or a thoughtful thank you note to your favourite nurse.

  • You are not called a nurse for nothing. Thank you from the depth of my heart for nursing me to good health. I really appreciate your dedication towards your work.
  • I cannot thank you enough for providing me with the best nursing care that I could ever imagine. And Nurse Appreciation week is the best time to thank you for all your love and care. 
  • Please accept my hearty thanks for nursing me without getting agitated for all the mess that you had to clean up so many times. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much.
  • Not once did you flinch at my gaping wounds while dressing me. Had it not been for your nursing I would still been holed up in that bed. I can never thank you enough.
  • Thank you so much for bearing with me at my worst time and still taking such wonderful care of me. Thank you for helping me recover.
  • Your nursing skills are second to none. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for taking care of my son/daughter/partner. I owe a lot to you nurse.

  • If it wasn’t for you I would be dead by now. Your deft hands and remarkable nursing skills have made me whole once again.
  • In spite of all the tough time that I gave you as a patient, you never lost your cool and went about your duty with such loving care. I appreciate all that you have done for me.
  • Your unflinching nursing with the regularity with which you nursed me back to health is highly appreciated by me. I will always remember you.
  • I would have never been the same person had it not been for your belief that I could recover. Each action of yours in nursing my wounds will be remembered by me for a long time to come. May God bless you abundantly.
  • The compassion with which you have nursed me is commendable. I will never forget your kind ways. Thank you so much dear.
  • In spite of your long duty hours you were always patient with me, where as I have been a difficult patient. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such exemplary care of me.
Appreciation Messages For Nurses/ Appreciation Wordings For Nurses/ Appreciation Note For Nurses/ Thank You Messages For Nurses/ Thank You Wordings For Nurses/ What to write in a Thank You Card to a Nurse

Good nurses are among the most hardworking people around. Their task is crucial because people’s lives depend on their care. 

If you came across a good nurse, send him or her a thank you message to show your appreciation. Here are some sample thank you messages for Nurses that you can use to convey your gratitude.
  • Without nurses, it would be hard for a doctor to survive. Thank you, nurses, for your devotion to your profession.

  • From the ER to my last day at the hospital, you were there making sure that everything’s going to be fine with me. Thank you for your care.

  • Thank you, nurse ______ for taking care of my grandmother during her time at the hospital. I can never thank you enough for your patience and kindness to her. Our family will always remember you. 

  • Sometimes it irritates me that you have a lot of questions on how I feel and when I took my meds, but I realized it is for my own wellbeing. Thank you, nurse ______.

  • If not for you, I would have flatlined. Thank you for your alertness and expert care. You saved my life.

  • Even if you are tired from your shift, you always have a ready smile for your patients. Thank you, dear nurse. I wish you well always.

  • I am alive because of your unselfish care. Thank you, my nurse. 
  • Thank you for loving your work. Your devotion to caring for your patients will never be forgotten.
  • You are the nurse who is like a mother to the children at the neonatal ward. Thank you for your dedication. 
  • I remember that my grandfather told me about the dedication of the nurses to the wounded soldiers. I salute you all, brave nurses of the war. Thank you.
  • You gave me hope when I was about to give up. Thank you for not giving up on me. 
  • You became the mother I needed when no one was with me. Thank you for caring for me at the hospital.
  • I see how hard you work to make sure that the patients get the medication and care needed. Please remember that your dedication is highly appreciated.
  • Because of your care, I survived. I am so blessed that you are my nurse. Thank you.
  • You did your work with compassion. Because of that, the patients recover faster. They know you care. Thank you.
  • Your presence in my hospital room makes me feel better. Thank you for your care. 
  • Nurses are like angels on earth sent to care and comfort the sick. Thank you for being my angel.
  • You don’t know me and yet you are ever so patient attending to my medical needs. Thank you so much. Now I understand why nursing is a noble profession.
  • Thank you for being so pushy about the schedule of my medications. What would I do without you?
  • Thank you for caring for my mom. She still calls your name even at the time of her last breath. Your dedication will always be remembered.
  • Thank you for the care I received during my recuperation at the hospital. You have shown the highest level of professionalism and dedication to your job as a nurse.
  • My nurse, my angel, I thank you for your care. I will definitely miss you when I leave the hospital.
  • Thank you for being an amazing and caring nurse. My sincere thanks to you for all the care and love that you showered on my mother during the surgery.
  • I greatly appreciate the way you cared me during my hospital stay. May God you abundantly!

  • I am greatly touched by the best care you provided when I was in the hospital. I am very grateful for the professional manner in which you showed care and concern. Thank you so much!
  • Thank you for extending your care and support to care of my terminally ill mother. You service meant a lot to me during the difficult period.
  • It was a difficult time for us but my mind was at rest knowing that he was in very good hands. You are really caring and considerate to severely sick. Certainly your service deserves much praise. Thanks!
  • I just want to say that you really did a good job of caring me when I was down. Your words inspired me. Thank you for being with me when I most needed it.
  • Thank you for taking time to explain the difficult medical procedure and making me feel at ease before the procedure. 
  • I have no words to thank you for your selfless service. You stood by me for my surgery even after your shift was over. Thank you so much!
  • You gave me the best care and calmed me when I was down. Your reassuring words meant a lot to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  • During my delivery you stood by me. You were more excited that me to know if we had a boy or a girl. Your reassuring words meant a lot to me. Thank you for making me feel comfortable that day. 

Hope you enjoyed reading the sample thank you messages for nurses. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and send your heartfelt thanks right away! 


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Receiving thank-you letters can make anyone’s heart flutter with joy. It makes the recipient feel like they are special and that efforts have been appreciated by the writer wholeheartedly. Panels and interviewers will be happy to receive such letters, especially after giving you an opportunity to showcase your strengths and qualifications on a more personal level.

If you are a nurse who’s looking into thanking your interviewers for seeing you for an interview for a scholarship or nursing career, then we have collected a few Sample Letters you can use as reference for making a well-written thank-you letter. Scroll down and see all the samples we have.

Professional Nursing Thank-You Letter

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What to Include in a Nursing Post-Interview Thank-You Letter?

  • Your first paragraph should readily establish that you are thankful that you were invited for an interview. For example: “It was a pleasure being invited to be interviewed for a nurse position in Greenland County Hospital last Monday.”
  • Point out a few things that you have learned during the interview such as the nature of the work and what you have observed in the workplace. You can say, “It has become clear to me what are the demands of the hospital and their expectations from nurses. With this, it gives me so much pleasure to say that I am more enthusiastic to become a part of the team.”
  • Reiterate your interest in working for the hospital/clinic/company you applied for. It is best to put all of these things in bullets to make it easier for them to pinpoint if you are a good match.
  • Your parting words should sound positive such as, “It would be an honor to meet with you again and get a better grasp of how your system works here in Greenland County Hospital.”


You may also be interested to look at our Nursing Interview Thank-You Letters and Thank-You Letters for Interview.

Nursing Interview Thank You Letter

Nursing Student Thank You Letter

Nursing Graduate Thank-You Letter

Nursing Preceptor Thank-You Letter

Nursing Scholarship Thank-You Letter

Nursing Home Thank-You Letter


Why Send a Post-Interview Thank-You Letter?

Thank-you letters after an interview are a great strategy to making the interviewer remember you better and make your presence felt. It is also a polite thing to do.

Sending post-interview letters also increases the chances of you getting another call from the company. They have also been considered to be the norm now and have been openly welcomed by many employers nowadays.

Using the Nursing Thank-You Letter Samples

For every industry, getting interviewed is one of the things that people go through before becoming an employee in a certain company. Saying thank you to the interviewer/interviewers of the company you applied to proves to be a good strategy to make them remember you better and make you stand out among all the other employees that have applied for the same position.

Lucky for you, we were able to give you a collection of high-quality samples that you can check out in case you are having a hard time formulating a well-written letter of thanks. The samples we have are pretty easy to follow and are drafted to be used by aspiring nurses like you.

More post-interview thank-you letters can be found at Thank-You Letters for Job Interview.

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Christine Johnson, R.N. 
123 Main Street 
Anytown, CA 12345 

September 1, 2018

Joshua Lee Director, Human Resources 
Acme Hospital 
123 Business Rd. 
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me a second time regarding the position of staff nurse at Acme Hospital. Thank you for your continued interest in the skills I believe I would bring to your organization.

My nursing experience is extensive and, as we discussed at length during our meetings, as a certified emergency nurse (CEN) with ACLS, PALS, BLS, and CPR certifications, I have worked in several ER and trauma unit environments similar to yours. I thus feel I would fit in well and be an asset to your staff team.

You mentioned during our interview that because of the current shortage of skilled nurses in our community, your ideal candidate would be willing to regularly work overtime or on the weekends as needed. I would like to assure you that I have both the energy and the flexibility to do this, as I have demonstrated in my current role as a staff nurse at PeaceHealth Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma center; I typically work extra shifts anywhere from 3 to 5 times a month to ensure our uncompromised coverage of our ER and trauma unit shifts.

If you hire me, you will find me to be detail-oriented and conscientious in caring for your patients and supporting their families through the stressful stages of emergency medical and recovery care. I’m well-versed in supervising and mentoring LPNs and CNAs and have served as a mentor to first-year nursing students. Dedicated to organizational excellence, I also have regularly served on various hospital committees, including our JCAHO Readiness Taskforce, Critical Care Committee, Ethics Committee, and Medical Care Evaluation Committee.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon; please let me know if there is any other information I can provide to help you in your decision-making process.


Christine Johnson, R.N.

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