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Celebrating health care professionals

May 6, 2012
Messenger News

The week of May 6 -12 is Nurses Week and Hospital Week. It is a time for us to stop, and take a moment to reflect and appreciate the impact we, as health care providers, make each day in the lives of our family, friends and community. Though it may feel as if we are patting our own backs, as employees of Trinity Regional Medical Center we have a lot to celebrate and to be proud of.

In the past four years, we have been recognized on a national level for the quality care we provide our community - that is no small doing. We earned status as a Top 100 Heart Hospital two years in a row, were nationally recognized for patient safety, received the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and most recently our organization was selected by the federal government as one of only 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the country. We have made great achievements and it only happened through the dedication of our physicians and staff to provide the best outcome for every patient every time.

Mike Dewerff, Trinity's chief financial officer, shares, "Since joining Trinity 18 months ago, I've really grown to appreciate the progressiveness of all the employees and physicians here. The innovative efforts the organization is undertaking in the areas of patient care redesign are truly paving the way for rural health care around the rest of the country. It is a sincere pleasure to come to Trinity every day, knowing that everyone is working hard to make this the best place for employees, physicians and patients."

"I am proud of what we do at Trinity," echoes Troy Martens, chief operating officer, "and I am proud to be a part of this team. The recognition we have received over the last couple of years, doesn't happen by accident or overnight. Trinity has worked diligently to provide this level of care. And it's not just about the data, we also strive to offer our patients a positive experience in what can be a very stressful time."

Part of being a top-rated health care facility is the ability to always be moving forward, and not to be content with the status quo. This involves a close working relationship with both physicians and staff.

"Trinity is a great place to work for many reasons," shares Deb Shriver, chief nursing executive. "One of the main reasons is the staff and physicians. Trinity is fortunate to have quality physicians and staff who are committed to providing ideal patient care and are continually looking for opportunities to improve the patient experience and the care we provide."

Call it being a part of the Midwest, or living in a smaller community, but one of Trinity's greatest assets is we are very aware day-to-day we are not just helping patients - the people we serve every day are our neighbors, our friends and our family. Having viewed the staff at Trinity both from an employee and a patient's perspective, the care is compassionate and unwavering under any circumstance. I would like to thank each member of the Trinity family for the care they provide our patients and their families.

It is that effort and commitment to our patients, community and to each other, that make Trinity a great place to work, echoes Linda Whaley, vice president of clinical operations. "I love working at Trinity because of the culture of teamwork, caring about each other and working together. When employees form close connections with each other, they become passionate about their work. They go above and beyond for each other and for the team. Teams facilitate close relationships and people feel like they have "family" at work."

Employees of Trinity also acknowledge the role they play in supporting the community through outreach programs and by volunteering their time and energy, such as helping Habitat for Humanity or donating household items to the local Red Cross to name a few. These efforts are supported and encourage at all levels throughout Trinity Health Systems.

Trinity Regional Medical Center is blessed with a dedicated and committed board of directors who cares deeply about the hospital and health of this community. The TRMC medical staff display a unique and very special sense of respect for each other and for the patients they serve. There is a strong sense of teamwork and commitment to improve each and every day that makes Trinity a very special place to work.

As we celebrate Nurses Week and Hospital Week, it is very appropriate to celebrate each other and the difference we make every day. Without the caring employees of Trinity Regional Medical Center, we would not be able to make the positive impact we make in the lives of our patients and community.

Sue Thompson is president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Systems.



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