Focusing on our health in the new year

A message from the president of Greenwich Hospital

For many of us, the start of a new year often includes a health-related resolution to take better care of ourselves. This year, I am thinking more broadly about resolutions than the typical promise to join a gym. Given the year we just experienced, like no other year, my resolutions will be more balanced and hopefully impact not only me, but others.

Over the past year, we saw many heartbreaking scenarios and realized how fragile our own health can be with the threat posed by COVID-19. However, we also observed people caring for each other and communities stepping forward to support our healthcare workers. We also witnessed the capabilities of the amazing teams at Greenwich Hospital and Yale New Haven Health.

Caring for yourself is a gift you give to yourself and those you care about. We are blessed to be working among an incredible group of clinicians. That’s why I plan to start 2021 with the best team on my side by making an appointment for an annual physical with my primary care physician.

As you’ll read in our cover story, the relationship between a primary care physician and a patient can span decades, sometimes across generations in the same family. A primary care physician can partner with you to help manage all aspects of your physical and mental health. Just having a conversation with your doctor about your health concerns and goals can provide an emotional lift and a sense of well-being.

I hope you start the New Year by giving yourself the gift of caring for you and your family in a way that has yearlong benefits. When we care for ourselves, we are in essence caring for those who we love.

Happy New Year.

Diane P. Kelly, President