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Amy's Reflections

April 28, 2016

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. - Maya Angelou

I woke up this morning with the thought in my head of “Don’t stress, just do your best”. This seems to be my theme for parenting this week. As we head into cheerleading try-outs this weekend and dance recital next weekend, these are the words of wisdom that I have to share with Shaila. Hopefully, I set her in the right direction. 

I attended a conference this week with Stacey Cayler and Dr. Hurt that was sponsored by our ACO. It was an opportunity to get together with other people in our ACO and brainstorm better ways to take care of our patients. It was probably one of the best sessions that I have attended in awhile, and I left energized with the direction that we are all going. There is definitely something very satisfying about helping others. Our main goal this year in the ACO is to get our Medicare patients in for their annual wellness visits. These visits are truly a check in with the patient to assess how they are doing and include all kinds of screenings for depression, fall risk, a cognitive assessment, and review of other screening tests they should consider.  It inspires me to think about the difference we can make in our patients lives if we are able to work with them proactively on these factors and not just reactively when they are sick. 

All the groups reported on what they will implement between now and June 15th to get this process going. It was fun to hear the range of goals. The presenter definitely left us with a sense of just try your best and do something. So, that is my challenge for you this week as we head into May Day: pick someone and try to brighten their day. Don’t stress about it, just do your best! 

It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go. – Bob Proctor

-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO



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