We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I want wish everyone a Happy 4th of July and urge you to be safe. This year Georgia passed House Bill 100, which allows Georgians to legally purchase fireworks, including sparklers, roman candles and bottle rockets, in the state. The law stipulates that igniters must be at least 18 years old. Fireworks can be lit between 10 a.m. and midnight. Around New Year’s Day and Independence Day, the time extends until 2 a.m. Fireworks are very fun and a way we have traditionally shown our patriotism but also extremely dangerous. Please be careful as you careful as you celebrate with friends and family!
We have begun advertising our next community event, Frozen in July, on the CNH lawn. The movie will start after 8:30pm on July 18th but we will have a few special guests like Elsa and Anna who will greet the kids prior to the movie. We will have popcorn, ice cold water, fans, and glow in the dark light sticks. Tell your friends, family and neighbors!
We will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive tomorrow for the community in the first floor conference room from 12-5pm. If you missed the hospital blood drive you have another chance to save a life!
We have received the results of the employee survey and will be providing an opportunity for you to discuss those results with us through a series of Town Hall Meetings. I hope that all of you will attend those meetings so we can continue to improve the work environment so that you have the opportunity to provide the best possible care for our patients and feel that you have the opportunity to continue to develop and grow with our hospital. I am pleased with the progress we have made but know as your leaders we can always do better. Your success is our success and we will only achieve our mission and vision together.
We met last week with Dr. Bansal, our new Director of Pediatrics for the Emergency Department, to discuss our preparation for the start of this enhanced service for our pediatric patients which will begin on August 1st. The pediatricians that will support our program are Dr. Lockett, Dr. Li, Dr. Shaw and Dr. Patel. We have put together a great team who will work closely with Dr. Griffin and Dr. Rogers to make this a success. Please watch for additional updates as we move closer to this start date.
We have been somewhat delayed with the construction of our wound care center upgrade with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) due to permitting. We should be rolling on this project within the next 2-3 weeks.
Recognition from our Patients:
“Dear Mr. Daugherty & Staff, Thanks to all of you I survived a stroke on March 27, 2015. The treatment that I received was above and beyond the call of duty. From the moment we entered the ER, your wonderful staff reassured me I was going to be fine. The staff in the ER are so dedicated and understanding. I can’t sing the praises of ALLL of the staff loud enough. The ICU nurses cared for me like I was a relative. On the day of my stroke, my husband and I were about to head to Savannah for recertification as volunteers with Disaster Relief. Little did I know I was in the beginning of a stroke. I tried ignoring the numbness in my right hand. I showered and by this time, the right side of my lip was numb. I praise my God and all of your staff for enabling me to continue my life. Little did I ever dream I would have a stroke. I thought, after the big clot buster, I could go on my trip and have seafood for dinner. No seafood for me that night, just ICU (they were wonderful) and bed rest for 24 hours. I did exactly as I was told. When I was given the ok to get up, I was so surprised that I did not have any residuals from the stroke. I will be glad to give a testimonial to the care and treatment I received. The signs of a stroke are giving you a warning of the seriousness of the symptoms. I believe, the signs of a stroke need to be acknowledged. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for everything, all of your staff are my angels. Keep all of your staff, they are to be replaced only by more angels. I chose Northside Hospital because of my experience with your care. I would highly recommend your hospital to anyone. Continue giving above the top patient care and you will be thanked and praised.” -Patient – L.P.
“Sharla Basley (3rd Floor) is a very kind and loving lady. She helped me through my darkest hour and I want to thank you for all she’s done.” Patient – C.J.
“Denisher McClinton (Env. Svs) is very friendly, neat and went beyond my expectation and I was impressed by her cleaning. This is my 4th hospital stay this year and no one did as good as you.” Patient – D.M.
“Tiffany, Deborah, JB, Amanda, & Erin (3rd Floor) – Everyone here that took care of me performed an excellent job. Very caring, polite and went above and beyond. Thank you for putting up with me! Tell Erin to name the baby after me.” Patient – D.P.
“Deborah Kyles (Dietary) is another staff member in the kitchen that I can tell cares about me and helps me with my diet. She is very bubbly. Thank you Deborah for all you do to help me and others with our stay here.” Patient – J.T.
Happy 4th of July!