Someone said to me recently that after reading my columns for the past month, they felt I needed a hug. Hmmm … I’m not a huggy person so don’t do that. I went back and reread my words and ok, I was a bit down in the dumps – probably due to the non spring weather but also because I feel guilty for where we are at as an organization. President Truman famously said that “the buck stops here” as in, the leader is ultimately responsible. I probably could have done more, been more stern regarding financials in light of falling reimbursement and increasing expenses, and for that I’m sorry. New day – lots of changes … it will be fine.
As we move forward – new paradigm and all – we must all focus on what makes us successful. Accountability in every endeavor, personal and professional; taking note of everything we do and sticking to a plan. I guess the big thing though that would really be bad is if we – being stern and all – suck all the joy and fun out of Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics.* At the end of the day, we are family; albeit dysfunctional at times, and whatever blizzard or financial crisis that crashes into us, we will be fine, because we are here for each other.
When I graduated with my Masters in 1990 and moved to New Hampshire, I moved out alone and I didn’t know anybody. It was not really fun. It was lonely and quiet and now that I look back, I’m surprised I was able to do that all by myself. What did I possess back then that gave me that courage? I think when pushed, our abilities to rise above are boundless and amazing. When we have courage and confidence, we have strength. And strength coupled with a desire for excellence equates to success.
We will be better than fine, together we will be amazing.
*fun is important.