Friday, June 6, 2014 7:44 PM

Six miles long and two miles wide...

...The Beaches of Normandy. Today, we remember the invasion of June 6th, 1944. Allied forces descended upon the beaches to free Eastern Europe of German dominance.

The planning started a year earlier and much detail was discussed: weather, tides, time of day, how to precede the amphibious landings with naval and air bombardments, and so many other details. 

Sadly, 12,000 allied troops suffered casualties to the 1,000 German casualties. The unforeseen high winds displaced some of the landings too far to the east where there were heavy attacks, and numerous obstacles to overcome. 

The allied forces did not achieve all they had planned for and ultimate submission was not until July 21st.

The invasion of Normandy is to this day the largest seaborne invasion in history and due to meticulous planning, and air superiority, they were mightily successful. Germany had only fortified 18% of the sea walls, which was a positive for the allied forces tactics.

So what does this have to do with healthcare? Firstly, I genuinely wanted to just take time out and remember the sacrifices for freedom, but secondly, to reflect on the importance of strategic and detailed discussions when determining to execute any type of plan, and to recognize that the best laid plans may not be realized, and unexpected things come our way...but don't give up, keep supporting one another, keep cooperating, don't forget the goal and "mission", and eventually there will be success.