Iowa Specialty Hospital

Notes from Our Leaders

Enjoy these weekly insights from our Senior Leadership team. 

Senior Leaders include: Steve Simonin, President & CEO; Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO; Cindy Hunter, CQO; Holly Martin, HRO; Greg Polzin, CFO; Regan Swisher, CCO; and Ashley Recknor, Specialty Services Officer.

 

 

A Word from Cindy

Gratitude Can Transform... When you read this Thanksgiving will be over, and my wish is that everyone had a very Blessed Day even though things were much different. I know for our family it was. Even though it was just our immediate family I think I made enough to feed...
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Notes from Steve

Jordan scolded me and told me to lighten up and don’t talk about Covid. Ok, I won’t … instead, I’ll write about a dreadful movie I saw last night. Don’t watch the movie “Downhill” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. It was marketed as a comedy, but I don’t think...
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Amy's Reflections

We had a family discussion last night about the plan for Thanksgiving. This is the one holiday that Rick’s mom loves, and we knew she would be heartbroken to hear that we were going to choose to be safe this year and not get together to celebrate. Fortunately, Dr. Whitters...
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Notes from Steve

Today, Thursday November 19, 2020, is National Rural Health Day. Honestly, I didn’t feel 24 years ago when I assumed this role as CEO of Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics (then Community Memorial Hospital) that I would still be here today. In 1996, as a 32 year old guy with...
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Ashley's Perspective

We are over eight months into preparing, planning and adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a roller coaster and we are not done yet. Emotions are high and many of us are tired, yet we all keep pushing through as that is what we do as healthcare workers...
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Notes from Steve

Weird time with the pandemic. Even though we are exhausted and really, just done with the whole thing … it’s still here, getting worse, and forcing us to reevaluate. It feels like the month of April again - but back then I seriously thought we’d be done with this by...
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Amy's Reflections

I recently was gifted with a sign that reads “in the middle of my little mess I forget just how big I’m blessed”! I love this sign so much and have it displayed in my office above my desk. It is a great, gentle reminder to me every day to...
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Notes from Steve

I was going to write about all the big news affecting us right now - the potential cyber-attacks on hospitals, the elections, the on-going pandemic … but really, ugh. I can’t wait to be back to “normal”; but what is normal? I was asked to participate in a review of...
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Notes from Steve

I’ve had some run-ins with customer service during the pandemic. Pretty much every time I’m trying to get a company on the line I get the recorded message that “because of covid, your wait time will be endless and horrific”**. My question is why? Why is this period of time...
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The Brief by Reagan

Every year when the first snow hits I tell myself next year I’m going to be better prepared and ready. This never happens. Right now the vehicle I use to move snow needs repaired and the plow itself needs some work. Not to mention I have all kinds of stuff...
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