Quod Justum Non Quod Utile
March 7, 2014
You can make just about anything sound better by translating it into Latin. I'll let you Google the headline to this blog post to become familiar with your Latin translator.
It's fascinating that in most of our pockets we possess a device giving us access to a great vessel of knowledge. Your cell phone can make you more informed than Socrates, Aristotle and DaVinci combined.
A Most Powerful Force
February 26, 2014
I enjoy speaking at conferences. You get to network with a lot of like-minded, passionate people. It's never more so than at a volunteer conference.
Last week I had the chance to address the California Hospital Association Volunteer Leadership Conference in Sacramento.
Weebles Wobble, But They Don't Fall Down
February 4, 2014
OK, so I am showing my age with this post, but I thought it appropriate.
Toys from my childhood, and a quote from a Civil War brevet major general about, "It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's about how many times you get up" are the subject of this post.
Public Defenders Assist NorthBay's ED Children
January 29, 2014
Last week representatives of the Solano County Public Defender's office stopped by to give us a generous gift - a couple of hundred children's books to hand out to children and to place in our Emergency Department lobby.
At NorthBay Medical Center we take care of children in a variety of settings outside our emergency services. Of course, we will share the gift with our sister units.
I Believe That Children Are Our Future
November 13, 2013
I always have believed that children are our future. So I was dismayed at the results of the California Pediatric Readiness Project, which showed that statistically, in California and at NorthBay Healthcare, we weren't doing all we could for one of our most vulnerable populations.
Of course, we were intentionally hard on ourselves when we answered the survey that sought to determine how much focus was being placed on children's special needs when they arrive in the ER. Therefore, we figured the results would not be stupendous.
To the Victors Go the ...
October 15, 2013
The trauma Level II recommendation for Solano County was made and ratified. As much as it pains me that we were not the successful candidate, I must follow in the footsteps of some of my idols and heroes. President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Chief Joseph, and, in time, even Crazy Horse embraced peace.
I'm certainly not comparing me or our organization to these iconic figures, but I think I have a sense of what they felt. Their decisions saved countless thousands of lives and helped the healing process begin.
Honoring Emergency Nurses This Week
October 7, 2013
NorthBay Healthcare is joining hospitals nationwide as we honor our Emergency Department nurses with weeklong festivities to celebrate the extraordinary acts of service, compassion and commitment these professionals provide to patients every day of the year.
The week's highlight is Emergency Nurses Day on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Survey Says ...
August 26, 2013
While it would be nice to think that the seemingly endless cycle of inspections, assessments and surveys is done for the year, the truth is that someone or some agency - or our own process improvement team - is looking us over and determining how we can be better.
So the brutal survey march continues.
After the Trauma Survey
August 23, 2013
Many of you have asked about the Trauma Level II designation survey that occurred on Monday, Aug. 19.
Well, I think it went, and as well as it could.
I am so proud of my organization, my program and my co-workers. If the process is fair and clinical, and not a political circus, I have no doubt we will triumph.
However, life is sometimes about power and politics.
We will not learn of the results until the county EMS Cooperative Board of Directors open the sealed envelope containing the independent review panel's recommendation Oct. 10.
I'll keep you posted. And until then, let's remember it's all about patients, not politics.
Fables and Parables - Part 3
August 15, 2013
This is the last of three installments of sharing my love of fables and parables. And this one comes not from my friend Aesop, but the Old Testament.
David and Goliath - A Parable
Most of us are familiar with David and Goliath. There is the monstrous giant Goliath, heavily armored, loud, boisterous, intimidating. Everyone fears him. Everyone that is, except a small-in-stature shepherd boy whose strengths are his solid footing, demonstrated skill and faith that he is on the side of right.
In the end, Goliath is without a head and the boy wakes up as King of Israel.
Every morning Goliath would walk to the front of the Philistine army and intimidate the Israelites, not unlike the way a large non-local members-only health insurance plan based in Oakland acts by buying up advertising space, thumping its chest and challenging any and all to a fight.†