Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summertime Fun and a Celebration of Our People

Yesterday, we held our annual employee and volunteer BBQ, titled Camp GBMC HealthCare. This event was a great opportunity for all of the GBMC family to come together and celebrate what we have accomplished, while also having some fun! It is no secret that healthcare requires self-sacrifice and dedication and that the work is truly hard. We spend so much time working to achieve our vision, to provide the care to every patient, every time that we would want for our own loved ones, that at times we need to take a step back, reflect and celebrate what we have achieved, together as the GBMC team!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the music, the good food, camp-themed games, and having a relaxing time with friends and colleagues. I also noticed that there were several magnificent karaoke performers! Many enjoyed participating in or watching tug-of-war, Bingo, and the three-legged, potato sack, and egg and spoon races. It was a great opportunity to celebrate together and leave our work behind, even if only for an hour or so.

Our Philanthropy Team, led by Jenny Coldiron, our Human Resources Team, led by Anna-Maria Palmer, and our Marketing and Communications Team, led by Greg Shaffer, put on a fabulous BBQ! Special thanks to Kim Davenport from Marketing and Shannon Baumler from Philanthropy for their hard work on this event, beginning early in the morning and stretching all the way through the night shift. Lunches were delivered to offsite GBMA practices and Gilchrist homecare staff were given food coupons that they could use at their convenience. At 11 a.m., the barbecue began. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, BBQ chicken, watermelon, salads, and s'mores pops were served by Rouge Catering. The Kona Ice truck was on site providing shaved ice for a cool treat. We assembled again from 10 p.m. until midnight to BBQ and do some karaoke with the night shift staff.

This year, we hosted a fundraising tent called “Camp Hope,” where different departments hosted fundraising activities to benefit our Oncology program. The winners are announced in this week’s Pulse.

We also hosted a horse decorating contest, in which departments decorated papier-mâché horses to show support for Legacy Chase and the Oncology department. A huge thank you to all the departments, units, and practices who participated in the Camp Hope Legacy Chase Horse Decorating Contest! There were 34 horses submitted, and BBQ attendees voted on their favorites! Here are the winners in each category, pictured below clockwise: 

Legacy Chase Theme – Epic Team

Cancer Awareness Theme WINNER  – Oncology Clinical Trials

Cancer Awareness Theme RUNNER UP – (There were so many submissions and a close number of votes) – Inpatient Rehabilitation

Overall Theme – Oncology Support Services



All winners will receive a pizza party celebration.  Please contact Kim Davenport at kdavenport@gbmc.org to schedule.


All in all, we had a great day celebrating our employees! Check out the photos.

What do you think?


Friday, July 7, 2017

Spirit

I have had the good fortune of being away this week with my family. I have enjoyed seeing extended family members, celebrating Independence day and having fun. But everyone knows that the email does not stop coming.

I am very lucky to be the President of GBMC because the positive news hugely outweighs the negative. Among the messages I received this week was one from a GBMC colleague who had been admitted to the hospital after a holiday visit to her patient centered medical home. She was effusive in her praise of those who had served her.

Among the other messages was the notice that next week, July 9-15, is GBMC Spirit Week. This got me wondering about spirit. My first reaction was just how wonderful our marketing, human resources and philanthropy groups are. They are clever and tireless in their efforts to make the hard work of patient care and its associated tasks more rewarding and at times actually fun. I was then wondering which socks I would wear for ‘Crazy Sock Day’. (I don’t think that many who know me would be surprised by this. It is amazing how many comments I get at work if I am not wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a tie.) I also thought about karaoke at the barbecue this Wednesday….

But then my thoughts returned to my GBMC colleague who had been admitted to the hospital for July 4th. Her story awakened me to what spirit really is. Spirit is a rallying cry. It is what joins us together in our mission. Outside of work we have so many differences in our daily lives. But in the hospital, our physician offices or in a Gilchrist setting we are one Team. Teams are all imperfect because they are made up of humans who are imperfect. But spirit brings us together and makes us stronger together. Spirit helps us rejoice in our inherent differences and helps us see them as assets to make the Team richer and better. Spirit helps us look out for each other, celebrate together in good times and console each other and be resilient together in bad times.

So as I return to work I want to wish each and every one of my GBMC colleagues a Happy Spirit Week!