Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

August 19, 2019

As you may recall from my last article, I was in the middle of back to school shopping with my kids. I had two done and two more to go. You will be happy to hear that we are officially ready for school. I really enjoy the different views of each of my kids and spending time focused on each one of them. Jacob was completely opposite of Andrew in shopping and was all about trying on clothes. I quickly realized he is going to be my shoe kid as he could look at shoes all day. He also likes to wear what he gets right away and literally changed his shoes as soon as we got to the car. I saved Shaila for last and she wanted to go to Des Moines shopping. She didn’t need a lot for clothes so we focused on stuff for college. I think the trip to Sam’s Club was her favorite and she was super happy with all of our “deals”. Needless to say she is well stocked on snacks for college. We move her to NIACC on Saturday the 17th . I am so excited for her to start this next phase of her life but at the same time sad to see her go. Such is the process of life; the only constant is change. 


We continue to embrace the changing landscape in healthcare. I am so proud to work with such an amazing group of people. With all of us working together we achieved what seemed impossible and went from a $3 million dollar loss last year as a system to a $300,000 profit this year. Kudos to all of you! That can only be accomplished by a group of people working towards a common goal. We know that things will continue to be challenging in healthcare but I am reassured that I am part of an amazing, innovative team that can meet those challenges head on. Just like each of my four children being different and unique, so is each of the 600 staff members we have at Iowa Specialty Hospital. If we harness the power of each of us individually and channel that power towards a common goal there is nothing we can’t accomplish.


" Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

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