Friday, August 28, 2020

With Liberty And Justice For All
The recent shooting of Jacob Blake once again raises the question of equity and justice in the treatment of African Americans in America. We must all stand united in eliminating injustice in our country. We must hold our elected officials accountable to make the changes necessary so that all Americans are treated fairly. 

Within our span of control in the GBMC HealthCare System, our vision is to treat everyone as if they were our own loved ones, not just someone we would meet in passing. Every day I see wonderful examples of us living out this vision, but if anyone sees examples where we have not done this, please bring them to my attention.

We cannot achieve our vision unless everyone on our team feels respected and included. Our Diversity and Inclusion Council will be interviewing experts to help us take our workplace inclusion efforts to a new level. I will update readers of the blog on these efforts as we move forward. 

Our nation is clearly hurting, and I am saddened by this latest episode. I am encouraged by media reports that Jacob Blake is recovering, and I hope that the calls for peace and peaceful protest from his family are listened to.

Certificate of Need Approved
In 2019, we updated our master facilities plan and submitted a certificate of need (CON) application for a three-story hospital addition known as The Promise Project. Last week, we received approval of our CON, which is a critical next step in the project. 

We now have the permission of the Maryland Health Care Commission to build an addition in front of our main lobby. Within the expansion, there will be 60 state-of-the-art medical patient rooms and additional patient and family amenity spaces, including wellness and patient support areas.

In particular, I want to thank Laurie Beyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stacey McGreevy, Vice President of Support Services, and Russ Sadler, Manager of Capital Resources, for their work in getting us over this hurdle.

Our plan is to break ground during the summer of 2021!

Congratulations are in Order!
I am proud to let you know that EIGHT of our colleagues were chosen by their peers from thousands of nurses in the Baltimore region. These phenomenal clinicians have been recognized as Baltimore Magazine’s 2020 Excellence in Nursing winners! Please join me in congratulating the following nurses:

First row (left to right): 
•Jennifer Babcock, BSN, RN, CHPN - Gilchrist Center Baltimore
•Theresa Breitenbach, RNC, BSN - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
•Jennifer Nicole Chen, RN - Gilchrist Center Towson
•Laura Clary, BSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A – SAFE
Second row (left to right):
•Melissa Cross, BSN, RN, FNE-A/P, CEN – SAFE
•Carolyn Keller, MS, RN, NE-BC – Unit 36
•Kelly Lucas, MSN, RNC-OB – Labor & Delivery
•Corin Mauldin, BSN, RN – NICU

This month’s “Best of Baltimore” issue is already on newsstands. Grab a copy to learn more!

Way to go!
Baltimore's Child Magazine recently unveiled its list of 2020 Reader's Choice winners. GBMC was named as the “Best Place to Deliver Your Baby!” by their readers. I am very proud of this great accomplishment and I am very grateful for everyone who has made this recognition possible.

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