Message from the President, October 2017

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 in President's Message | 0 comments

Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,

Another month has passed since the last newsletter and yet, more natural disasters have arrived. The hurricane in Puerto Rico caused great devastation and now closer to home, fires have engulfed our neighboring communities in the Napa and Sonoma counties. The political climate continues to be just as tumultuous. Individually, we each have our own personal stressors (family, health, financial, etc..) which we are managing as best as we can. As health care providers, we continue to perform our jobs while exhibiting the fine balance between professionalism and empathy. Our capacity for emotional resilience is pushed during these times. It can be exhausting.

I don’t have the answers but I have found solace in the community of doctors and staff who I encounter on a regular basis. Knowing that we are all in the trenches, working as a team, providing quality care, makes it worthwhile. People genuinely care about each other and bolster one another up. I have been here for 14 years and many of you have become more than colleagues. I consider many here my friends.

Shortage of certain medications and surgical mesh and sutures- the hurricanes affected medical manufacturing plants. There will be a team that will look at the existing supply and provide recommendations for ordering, which will help mitigate worsening shortages.

Dr Steve O’Brien has left his CME position and I wish to thank him for his contributions to the medical staff and hospital community.

The American Heart Association fundraising walk was this past weekend. Thanks to all who participated and/or donated.

The outside consulting company Huron Group, continues to gather information as part of the Operations Excellence strategy.

Safety huddles are occurring daily. This is an opportunity for nursing staff to identify problem issues close to real time and work on rapid process improvement. Staff that are performing exceptionally well are given kudos. If you wish to spotlight a staff member please let the charge nurse/manager know.

Wellness Retreat- The Physician Well Being Committee is arranging for a Wellness retreat on April 29, 2018 at Green Gulch. Please save the date, more information to come.

Annual Closed Active Medical Staff Business Meeting will be held on November 1, 2017. We will be hearing highlights from our CEO, Chuck Prosper and yours truly. We will be selecting the nominations committee members who will be selecting candidates for  upcoming officers on the Medical Executive Committee.

Until next time,

stay safe and be well


Donna D. Tigno, M.D.

President of Summit Medical Staff

Co-Director of Critical Care at Summit Medical Center.

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