There isn’t one time in 150 years that we
ever forgot why we’re here. Not once in 150 years did we ever lose sight
of how this all came to be. We are here to save lives. We are here to cure disease. To mold the best doctors, nurses, pharmacists,
social workers and scientists in the world. It’s what we’ve done since our founding in
1868. It’s what we did when we performed the first
successful open-heart surgery. And just like the docs who founded this university,
we remember why we joined this great enterprise. Why we became doctors and nurses and scientists. Not for the fame. Not for the success. And not for the money. It’s for reasons we can’t explain, until something
happens that makes it all clear. Now, it’s time for our next chapter, that
together we’ll write with pride. It includes the vision of an academic health
center, known throughout the world. Attracting the brightest minds, infusing economics
with technology, and never forgetting why we’re here in the first place. This is the vision of our future. And you play a vital role. It’s your work that will save the next life. It’s your work that will find the next cure. It’s your work that will teach the next great
medical mind. Because, we’ve never forgotten why we’re here. And thanks to our combined commitment, we
never will.