As we prepare to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, albeit much differently than normal, I am reminded of all of the special people and wonderful things to be thankful for in spite of, and perhaps even because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb and hospitalizations are on the rise, I am so thankful for the incredibly dedicated caregivers providing care to all of our patients, including those with COVID-19.  Early in the pandemic, when many of us were working remotely or staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, these health care heroes rushed into the hospital to care for those who were ill.  And I’m thankful for all of the other heroes serving on the front lines…the therapists, environmental services, security, food services, support staff, and so many others who are helping to ensure our hospitals can provide the high quality health care services that their patients deserve. They are truly are an amazing group of selfless individuals who deserve our praise and gratitude. 

I’m thankful for the team at the New Hampshire Hospital Association, our Foundation for Healthy Communities and the Granite State Health Care Coalition, for all that they have done and continue to do to serve our members, partners and the citizens of the State of New Hampshire as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s truly an honor and a privilege to work alongside them in this important work.

And I am thankful for my family and their love and support during these challenging times.  It is my sincere hope that each and everyone one of us will be able to pause, even if only for a moment, to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives and enjoy the comfort of our family, even if that means we don’t get to spend it with them on Thanksgiving as we usually would.  We’re all in this together and I’m confident that because of your efforts, we will get through it.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and socially-distant Thanksgiving holiday!


Steve Ahnen

President, New Hampshire Hospital Association