As a pediatrician, I have seen firsthand the impact of domestic violence in the home and the critical role medical providers can play in addressing this issue. We are fortunate to have two outstanding professionals leading these programs, Linda Kelly and Sally Hess, who are educating and training our medical staff to better identify and respond to patients in need. In this way, GBMC is adding a new program that will help us better meet our mission of health, healing, and hope for those in our community.
This is another example of GBMC HealthCare focusing on what patients need. While others are amalgamating hospitals and propping up unnecessary bed capacity to get market share and drive up the cost of care in our region, we are adding this new service which will never cover its direct costs on patient revenue, let alone be profitable.
To learn more, watch a video of the press conference announcing the program.
Our Green Team Gets Recognized for its Accomplishments
GBMC was recognized for its dedication to providing improved diet options for patients, employees, and visitors. During the first month after launching a campaign to promote healthier beverages, hospital sales of non-sugary drinks exceeded sugary ones for the first time on record. GBMC reduced food waste by 1,100 pounds per month from March to August of 2012, and installed hydration stations which encourage refilling reusable bottles with filtered water.
Treating everyone the way you want your own loved ones treated…with clean hands.
I also wanted to recognize our employees, who are working hard to reach our hand hygiene goal. As you know, if we achieve a score of 79 percent or greater in November, we will pay out a bonus in December to eligible employees. We are just past the halfway point for November, and our hand hygiene compliance score is at 81%. We still have a ways to go, though! I encourage you to keep up the good work! Practicing hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent healthcare acquired infections.
If it were your loved one, you would want to be sure that any staff entering the room had clean hands. This will be an excellent achievement, so let’s all work together to make sure we clean our hands on the way in and on the way out every time!
Finally, I hope everyone in our GBMC family had a happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Each day I am thankful for every member of our team who does the very best they can do in whatever role they play in helping provide the best possible care for our patients.