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Celebrate health care

There are positives and negatives to every community—things that people brag about to visitors or complain about to friends—but what make most communities special are the people who live and work there.

Some two dozen of the people who help make Rochester special were on display last Friday when we held our 15th annual Health Care Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.

Health care is a major part of the Rochester economy, but even more importantly, it is a major part of making people’s lives better. The people we honored last Friday work hard to make patients’ lives better in a variety of ways—through innovation, leadership, expertise, caring and more.

What stood out throughout the event was that for most of these individuals, working in health care is not just a career; it is a calling. You can see that in the passion they have for their work, and you could see it in the pride they showed while being honored last week. It was also great to see the excitement the honorees’ colleagues felt on their behalf.

Of course, not everyone we honored was a health care professional. The last category we awarded was for volunteers, and our three winners received a tremendous ovation to thank them for the service they provide on their own time. Rochester always has been a community of volunteers, and these honorees carry on that tradition in fine fashion.

The health care industry is frequently bemoaned for a variety of reasons—high costs, long waits, political maneuvering, etc. But the industry is filled with people who devote their lives to making sure that patients get the care they need with the attention they deserve.

Last Friday was a good reminder that the work being done in the health care industry in Rochester is worth celebrating, and the people we honored are just a portion of the people doing a great job of making sure our community is as healthy as it can be.

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