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; and Regan Swisher, CCO.

 

 

Amy's Reflections

I survived the final college transition with Shaila this month where she no longer needs to talk to me every day. It was a rough transition for this momma, but I am super happy that she is settled in college and enjoying her friends. She came home for the weekend...
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Notes from Steve

The concept of wants versus needs has been resting on my mind. Sometimes, my “wants” are truly “needs” and vice versa. As in “I need Doritos because I need Doritos” or “I want to exercise but I just never have the time”. I’ve always said don’t prioritize your schedule but...
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Notes from Steve

I broke my friend’s cat (she’s 9 which is like 55 in human years) that I’m cat-sitting for 5 months while my friend is in Thailand. By broke, I mean the cat (her name is McKenzie, I call her Fred) was trained to use a cat box that she had...
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Amy's Reflections

Our family has definitely been supporting the ISH system this last month. Three of my four kids ended up with concussions for various reasons. I think we have the protocols for concussions down now. The concussions started with Jacob being blindsided in a football game. It took him a couple...
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Notes from Steve

I thought about writing about the RAGBRAI debacle. It’s been top of mind for me since last week. For those who aren’t following the “debacle” - the guy hired by the Des Moines Register for the last 16 years quit the paper and is starting another ride to compete with...
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Thoughts from Holly

The weather has been changing with the leaves turning, mums are in full bloom, and it won’t stop raining (ugh). Let’s hope the rain stops soon so the farmers can get in the fields and combine the crops. With the changing of the seasons we need to take time to...
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Notes from Steve

There was a world famous* strip joint in the town** next to the town (Scotland, SD) where I ran my first hospital. I asked my assistant Judy if she’d ever been there. “Yes, I went the night the monkey died”. (How could I not ask?) “What monkey?” I asked. She...
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Notes from Steve

I got the tattoo. It says “Do Good. Ride Hard. Live Well.” Do Good. For me this relates to being a good guy in the community - doing things that help my town, my organization, my world be a better place to live. It could be paying for someone’s groceries,...
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Greg's Greetings

At our next LDI we are going to be focusing on self-care, reward and recognition and finding balance. What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Sounds simple – right? Not really, and it is...
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Notes from Steve

Yesterday I was at the fitness center and I was thinking I needed to buy coffee beans. After my workout I was walking by the desk and Denise (who was working) was talking to someone and I thought it was someone who is opening a new store uptown and they’ll...
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