Iowa Specialty Hospital

Amy's Reflections

May 3, 2018

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” ―John C. Maxwell

This morning at our monthly medical staff meeting Kim Heller presented an abbreviated version of an exercise that we did at our last leadership development meeting. The exercise required to the providers to split off into smaller groups and then go through a series of questions and then end with sharing why you do what you do. Basically why did we end up in health care? It was fun to see the sharing between all the providers and although I know they were politely humoring us by participating, it was a great reminder to me to pause and reflect.

We have incredible staff that provides incredible care to our patients. When I stop and reflect on why and how I ended up in health care it reminded me the difference we make every day. I hope we never forget that patients come to us scared, frightened and hurting. Our gift is that we are able to provide empathy, care and safety in these situations. Never lose the ability to put yourself in your patient’s shoes even if it is for just a minute. That is when truly amazing things happen. This week, take a moment and reflect on why you do what you do and then challenge yourself to do it even better.

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ―Oprah Winfrey

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