The virtue of forgiveness (Part 2)


"Never does the human soul appear so strong when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” - Edwin Hubbell Chapina

In Part One of last month’s article, we discussed the lesson I learned from my father and also Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga, both of whom were wronged but did not respond in kind.

Now in Part Two, we pick up the story of my experience at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

Guam is a U.S. territory, where most federal laws also apply. Although under the U.S. jurisdiction, Guam is thousands of miles from the mainland so that some past governors of the territory had sometimes abused federal and local laws to advance their own interests ahead of the people they served.

In my time as the Guam hospital’s CEO, I learned that the governor and his administration had set up a decision-making process for many important hospital issues that was outside the purview of the CEO and the hospital board. Certain lieutenants of the governor at GMH would take hospital business to Adelup instead of the hospital's management and board.

As I worked with the Board Executive Committee to eliminate several non-compliant practices and return processes of the hospital to safe harbors, we unknowingly stepped into a hornet’s nest.