Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gratitude for Everyone in the GBMC Family!

I would like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to all of my GBMC colleagues. I want to thank you all for your expertise, hard work, and compassion that helps us move closer to our vision of being a community-based health system where every patient, every time is treated the way we would treat our own loved ones.  

This morning at the meeting of our Department Chairs, we were discussing the future of our HealthCare System. I was reminded of how wonderful our people are and how committed they are to serving others. I also reflected on how good we have become at change. I am so grateful for everyone’s commitment to studying our systems and learning from them so that we can deliver on our four aims. We are not perfect, but GBMC has really become a model for delivering patient-centered care. 

I also want to extend a special “Thank You” to all who will work on Thanksgiving, or who are working during the extended holiday weekend, caring for our patients and helping support their loved ones and visitors. 

What are you thankful for during this time? Please share your thoughts.

Please join me in congratulating Monica Goetz, RN, our clinical nurse manager for the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU — Unit 57), who was recently honored with the “Advocacy and Service Award“ by the Living Life Legacy Foundation, the non-profit organ procurement organization for the state of Maryland.  Monica was nominated for her initiative in creating awareness for organ, eye & tissue donation.

Organ donation saves countless lives and improves many others, and these gifts were celebrated at the GBMC HealthCare system earlier this year. Monica was instrumental in the creation of the ‘Tree of Life.’ This is a permanent art installation close to the Emergency Department Concourse, that memorializes the selfless act of organ and tissue donation and represents the legacy created by those who give the gift of organs, and tissues at GBMC.  

Congratulations Monica!!!

Joint Commission Survey
Thanks to all who helped us learn from our Joint Commission unannounced survey last month and worked hard over the past 30 days to make our systems even more reliable. Yesterday’s follow-up survey validated the strength of our processes. 

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