We are well into our transformation as a health system and we are better prepared for the changes to come than most hospital companies, but there are challenges out there and we need wide open conversations to give us the best shot at effectively dealing with these challenges.
Real changes described in the newspaper like layoffs at other organizations or rumored changes heard about in hallway conversations make our people nervous and generate questions about job security, salary and wages, and the future of our own healthcare system, among others.
The Town Hall Meetings are an opportunity for me to keep people focused on our vision and the work of transforming ourselves into a high performing system through the eyes of the patients we serve. If we do this work, our company will continue to thrive. I will share our recent accomplishments and the reasons why hospitals are at risk and why our strategy to move to a system of care is now paying off.
Holding the town hall meetings also provides our staff with the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and let us know what they are thinking.
Some of the important topics we will be covering over the next month include:
- The GBMC healthcare system’s progress toward our vision
- Financial challenges to hospitals in Maryland and nationwide
- Positive changes to GBMC’s benefits and wellness initiatives
- Employee wages and bonuses – an update on our FY’13 incentive plan and merit pay for FY’14
To ensure that every employee has an opportunity to attend a town hall meeting, they will be held in large and small group settings on the GBMC campus as well as at satellite locations including Hunt Valley, Owings Mills and the South Chapman building. The detailed schedule is available on the GBMC InfoWeb.
As always, our town hall meetings are a place to learn more about your role in assuring the success of the GBMC HealthCare System and your opportunity to have your opinion heard. I encourage all employees to attend at least one of the 14 scheduled meetings that run from July 8 through July 26.