Most of you probably remember Atlanta’s snowpocalypse on January 29th, 2014. Well, we are faced with a similar forecast that created that mess and subsequent Saturday Night Live parody. Let’s be prepared and not have a repeat of this in Macon. We are taking steps to mitigate any supply issues related to this storm, will be prepared to prep hard surfaces to limit the potential for falls and have asked Directors to communicate to you the appropriate measures you can take to be prepared. If you are traveling to or from work Friday evening into Saturday, please make sure you leave earlier for your arrival, drive slower if coming to work or going home, watch bridges for ice, and avoid steep inclines or declines where possible. We have backup power should there be outages and will be prepared to take care of patients through this event. We could experience only rain or up to 1 inch of snow as one model predicts. Please speak to your Director or manager if you have any concerns or questions as we will be communicating our plans with them.
I spent time with the CMC executive team and directors reviewing the employee survey action plans and the progress made to date. It was helpful for me to know some of the issues but more importantly your engagement in improving your work environment. I heard a lot about the successes of the unit based councils, employee rounding and the beginnings of peer interviewing. You have a lot to be proud of and we will continue to look for ways to make your work environment better.
The emergency departments at both CNH and CMC are hitting record visit levels. It is clearly the peak season for flu and other winter illnesses but you are handling it with grace and compassion. Our metrics continue to improve at CMC and lead the division at CNH. Thanks for all your hard work in making our ED’s the first choice for care in Macon. Our combined ED visits for 2016 exceeded 85,000!!
Please welcome Tim Lynch, our interim CFO to Coliseum Health System. We have already begun the interview process for a new CFO. Please watch for updates as we move through this selection process.
Next week we welcome Rhonda Beeland as our new Director of Surgical Services at Coliseum Northside. Rhonda brings many years of experience as an OR nurse and great physician relationships to our hospital.
My mother was here at the Coliseum from December 26th to January 4th, in room 308. I stayed with her day and night, almost exclusively. We had a very positive experience and want to compliment several employees. The following are a fitting testament to your high standards. Nurses- Preston Markert, Michele Willis, Ifey Ayewa, Tania Woolfolk, Nursing Assistants- Felicia Milton, Food Service- Telisa Nixon, EVS-Erica Austin. – Patient family member
“Sarah, I want to thank you for being such a caring nurse for my date the last night of his life. I left the hospital that night thinking my dad would go to bed with nothing to eat. He was diabetic and that was worrying me until later after he passed, my mom told me you had given him your oatmeal. Sarah, aren’t you glad now that you did that? Before I knew that he had the oatmeal that night, I woke from a deep sleep at 1:15 am , that is the time my mom said Daddy’s oxygen started to drop and you were saying his name loudly. I was in my bed at home and began to pray for him because I was so worried about all his complications and how weak he was that night. It wasn’t long after I awoke that I received the call from my mom. You were an angel in the night for my mom and dad that December night and I’ll never forget you as long as I live. We have a peace about my dad’s death, even though we miss him dearly and even though he fought so hard and tried his best to follow the doctor’s orders, his heart was too weak. We hoped and prayed he would get better and be strong enough to walk again and to also eat the things he loved. I also feel certain and believe in my heart it was Daddy’s time to go and it was the date and time. He is suffering no more. We also feel this journey he was on since September 14th was the Lord’s way of preparing us for his final days on this earth.
I also feel certain you were a part of that. I remember so clearly the night I came to the hospital after my dad passed and you had tears in your eyes. I know that must be one of the hardest parts about being a nurse. I wish you the best in your career at Coliseum and hope you continue to bless others with the gift you have of caring for patients. – Patient Family of J.B.
“I would like to acknowledge Ms. Elaine Vaughn as one of your top performers. She has been so very professional and personable to me as a patient and as a person. Elaine has gone the extra mile as a representative of your hospital.” Patient D.T.
“Teonshe Moody was so wonderful. So was Stephanie! They are caring, helpful, compassionate and professional. Teonshe has a heart of gold.” Patient – S.I.
“Darcell Clayton was a joy. She was always friendly and helpful. We were glad she took care of us during our time at Coliseum Northside Hospital.” Patient – M. D.
“Alice Lawrence, please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for your help and support in my recovery at Coliseum Northside. You are a star performer.” Patient – J.K.
Thanks for all you do for our patients!