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.†
Fables and Parables - Part 2
August 13, 2013
Too often big organizations fail to focus on what is important. When you are a healthcare organization, what is important is patients, and having the proper resources, at the proper location, at the proper time.
With the ongoing process of choosing which hospital will be chosen as the Level II provider of trauma care in Solano County, here is the second installment of fables and parables.
The Stag at the Pool
A stag, overpowered by heat, comes to a spring to drink. Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admires the size and variety of his horns, but feels angry with himself for having such slender and weak feet. While contemplating this, a lion appears at the pool. He crouches to spring forth. The stag immediately takes to flight, exerting his utmost speed.
Fables and Parables, Truths and Lies - Part 1
August 7, 2013
As I child, I developed a love for fables and parables. It continues to this day, probably because of my fascination with integrity. My grandfather told me that if you always tell the truth you'll never have to remember what you said to anyone at any particular time in your life.
One of the only assurances we have in our life is our word.
In Honor of Jim Lawrenz
July 18, 2013
It has been a rough couple of years at NorthBay as we unexpectedly lost some very good people. We are a large employer, nearly 2,000 strong, but we all know each other and most everyone is like my family.
NorthBay and I lost a friend July 9, and the world is a little darker place. NorthBay Healthcare Foundation Board President Jim Lawrenz was a military veteran, a neighbor, a respected community member, a gentleman, my friend, and a very good man. I wish I had gotten to know him sooner. I wish I had been able to spend more time with him.
Trauma and Turkeys
June 21, 2013
OK, this may be a stretch, but ....
I live in the country north of Vacaville. Every morning I enjoy observing a rafter of turkeys that regularly crosses the property. It recently struck me how their actions are very similar to the current state of trauma development.