Iowa Specialty Hospital

Reflections from Amy

May 14, 2015

Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to  people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on the world; and be the person you were born to be. - Blake Beattie


We had a very busy weekend at our house this last weekend. We had two dance recitals on Saturday, and it was wonderful to see all of the girls’ hard work pay off. They did a great job and brought tears to my eyes several times. It is always kind of sad to see the dance year end, and clearly Maleigha felt the same way as she cried all the way home. On Sunday, I was surprised with breakfast in bed and a video montage that Shaila created as a thank you to me for my Mother’s Day gift. Needless to say, I was in tears as soon as the music started playing. We then headed to Rick’s parents’ house to help his Mom set up her pool for the summer. I was almost killed by two snakes that had taken up residence under the pool. Okay, maybe not killed, but definitely terrified. Needless to say, I haven’t screamed that loud or moved that fast for a long time. Rick was still laughing about it last night. As we drove home, I was tearful as I am every year, missing my mom, and wishing I had the opportunity to spend the day with her one more time.  So, coming off of an emotional weekend, I was primed for the QEMs this week. 


Our theme for the QEMs this quarter is Pay it Forward. Yes, the videos have definitely brought many of us to tears. Those emotions that are so close to the surface are the exact same emotions that make us exceptional in the care we provide. This is exactly why we work in a vocation where we truly know the difference we make. A lot of times we try to keep our emotions in check as we don’t want to be seen as too weak or too strong. This week, I challenge you to share your emotions with others (at least the drama-free emotions). This unique support system that we have at Iowa Specialty Hospital is what makes us strong and allows us to provide exceptional care. Allow someone to lift you up and encourage you if you are feeling down, or be there to give that much needed hug. Healthcare is an emotional business. We care deeply for each other and most definitely for our patients.  Be the difference in someone’s day. Imagine if we truly started each day with an attitude of gratitude, think of the tidal wave of paying it forward we could  create. Go create a storm of difference in the world!


Be the change you want to see in the world. - Ghandi

-Amy McDaniel, Belmond - CEO



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