Today is the final day to participate in the employee survey. I want to thank those of you (70% of our staff so far) who took the opportunity to tell us what we are doing well and where we can continue to improve. Your input not only improves the hospital for you and your co-workers but also for our patients, their families and our medical staff. Thanks again for providing this valuable feedback. We look forward to sharing this information with you and refreshing our current action plans to improve the work and care environment.
On Monday we observe Memorial Day, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. I, like some of you, will spend this day remembering family who died while in service to our country. It is a day that remember my younger brother, William Frederick “Billy” Daugherty, who served in the US Navy and died while a crew member of the USS O’kane on which he was a plank owner. He was proud to serve our country whether it was a humanitarian mission or engaging enemy combatants during Operation Desert Storm during his service. For my Mom, it will always be a day of both grief and remembering a son that she was so proud of serving his country. I hope that during this long weekend, you will find the time to attend a Memorial Day service or take a few minutes to quietly remember those who have given their lives while in service to our country protecting the freedoms that we all enjoy.
Thanks again to all of you who participated in our JC survey and engaged our Joint Commission surveyors during our triennial review. We had a very successful survey that showed the great care provided at our hospital. During our review, many of our individual departments where recognized for exceptional compliance to the JC quality standards and were also noted for some leading practices that will be shared across HCA. We had no patient risks that were an cited
as an immediate threat to life, high risk or widespread. We did have 36 findings in the overall hospital survey and 5 in the behavioral health survey that we will be addressing. Many of those findings have already been corrected or will be in the next 60 days. We will be continuing our “fresh eyes checklist” and survey readiness rounds so that we are constantly monitoring and proactively addressing issues that may pose a risk to the patients in our care and protect the quality of care they receive.
Our Emergency Department expansion is nearing completion! We have a scheduled completion date of 6/15/18! While still under construction, we have already seen some of the benefits of this expansion. The installation of the CT has helped us reduce the door to needle time for stroke patients that helps reduce the deficits associated with stroke. One of our last stroke patients received life-saving treatment in just over 35 minutes!! Once construction is complete, I hope all of you will visit the ED and see the new environment; our patients will receive the best emergency care in Macon!
I want to thank Carole Radney and members of the Employee Advisory Group for the great activities they organized around Hospital Week this year! They put in a lot of time and energy to create events to celebrate the great work you do here every day. Thank you EAG!!
Have a safe holiday weekend!