Steve’s Weekly Wrap-Up (September 22, 2017)

We are now almost two weeks past Irma and most of us are back to normal daily life with electricity and hot water. When I left Florida, I thought that I had left tropical storms and hurricanes behind. Georgia continues to surprise me! Our colleagues in Texas continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey and facilities in Florida from Irma. I want to remind you that if you had an impact from the storm that has placed you in a hardship, the HCA Hope fund can help; you may access it by going to If you want to assist your HCA colleagues in Texas and Florida, you can make a donation on this site as well. Thanks to the generosity of HCA staff like you, 2,380 employees have received assistance totaling  $2,160,000.00. I know they appreciate the assistance this fund has provided their families, and on their behalf, I want to say “thank you” to those who contribute to this fund.


The past 10 days have been challenging for everyone at both hospitals. At CMC, we reached 30 holds in our ED and have been at capacity in our critical care areas and near capacity on other units. CNH also saw very heavy volumes and accommodated transfers from CMC and from outlying hospitals that we could not accept at CMC. It was a great demonstration of our health system in action, working together to meet the needs of our community. On behalf of Greg and myself, we say thank you for the great teamwork and compassionate care you provided when our patients needed it the most.

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Thanks to all of you who have participated in our United Way Campaign. Last week 122 staff members were eligible for the Chick-fil-A lunch! We have two weeks left to hit our combined goal of $65,000 which will go to 34 United Way Partner Organization in middle Georgia, many of which align with our own mission statement: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. Your contributions allow Coliseum Health System to extend our mission beyond the walls of our hospitals. I hope more of you will consider a $1/pay period or $26.00/year through payroll deduction to help feed seniors, provide boy/girl scout opportunities, or help the Macon Volunteer Clinic provide free services to the needy. Donate today – instructions/giving form can be found HERE. Take advantage of the HCA match program to magnify your contribution! Each calendar year, each benefits–eligible employee has $500 in matching funds available for the HCA HOPE Fund and $500 available in matching funds for other non-profit organizations.  In order to receive a match, employees must give at least $250 to the organization. Thank you for your generosity.

Here are our results so far:

  • System-wide: $54,283.68
  • CMC: $37,418.14
  • CNH: $16,865.54!!!

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We are almost there!


Yesterday, we shared with the Directors at both facilities several pay policy changes that will be effective 10/8/17. This is a continuation of standardizing pay practices across our health system, the South Atlantic Division and HCA. Your Director will review these changes and the impact that these may have on you or your specific position.


architectWe have several projects underway at both hospitals. This week, we completed the installation of the first new cath lab at CMC and will begin the second replacement on 9/28. The interventional lab at CNH is on schedule and should be operational by early January. The new daVinici robot is on its way to CNH and will be a great addition to the other high-tech surgical systems already in use there. The ED expansion projects at both hospitals will begin in early October for CMC and early December for CNH. The CMC expansion is scheduled to take 12 months to complete, and the CNH expansion will take an estimated 6 months for completion. These are big investments in our facilities that are signs of the confidence in our ability to grow our services to meet the needs of the community we serve. Thanks for providing the care that has resulted in this growth.


CMC GME Residents during Hurricane Sept 2017.JPGWhile it seems we have just started our first cohort of internal medicine and psychiatry residents, we will soon begin the selection process for our second year and also adding family practice and transitional year in 2018. This will bring our medical resident count to nearly 50 next year! So far there are 1288 applicants for internal medicine for next year! A great sign of the strength of our program. These are future medical staff members and leaders at our hospitals in the next 3-4 years. The future looks bright to me. These residents will also be providing care in a clinic in the Mercer Medicine building just up the street from CMC which will improve access to care for many in our community.

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Lastly, I must remark on what a good sport our CFO Elmer Polite is… when he lost a bet with our surgical services team at CMC, he kept up his end of the bargain. We can always count on Elmer to keep things interesting and fun!


We hope to soon make an exciting announcement regarding a new rewards and recognition program for our health system. Stay tuned for more information!




  • Leah Hunter just passed her AMT MT exam. Congratulations! – Redonna Bunch, Director of Clinical Laboratory Services


  • The following letter was sent in to me by a patient on September 13th: To all of the wonderful people who run this great hospital I would like to bring to your attention four employees who have been working with me recently here: Chief Bartlett, Lieutenant Nesbitt, Officer Redding, and Officer Howard.
    • Sirs, and to all of you wonderful people who are in charge here, please know that each of these people have been so nice and considerate to me. They have done things that they didn’t have to such as sharing with me such great big smiles, as well as all the encouraging words. I just want to say thank you Administration for sending these four my way. I can only imagine how lucky you all must feel to have these type employees. I really feel lucky too that I am under their care. – John Ware, Building Service Director



  • Cabel Dupree in the ER was quick and efficient.  He was very helpful, not to mention very cheerful and friendly.  My wife and I both appreciated that very much!”  Patient – D. M.


  • “Thank you so much to Teresa Brown for going above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed.  You were always pleasant, helpful and had a smile.  Thank you!”  Patient – G. M.


  • Jamie McNair always let me know what, when and why.  She was always great at finding an answer to all my questions and kept me in a good mood.  Thanks so much for all you did to take care of me.”  Patient – P. M.


  • “Thanks so much Renee McIver for your humor and laughter.  Thanks so much for your care!”  Patient – M. H.


  • Salathiel Gorley was a kind and caring person while he was taking care of me.” Patient – M. H.


  • “Everyone was exceptional.  Could not have been taken care of any better than I was.  Special recognition goes to Jessica Stack for her exceptional care while I was at Coliseum Northside.”  Patient – R. G.


Stephen J Daugherty

Chief Executive Officer

Coliseum Health System