Well, it’s that time of year — the wrapping paper is in the recycling bin and New Year’s Eve plans are being finalized. Football bowl games are part of the upcoming weekend plans as well. It’s a busy time of year, and a time when reflection and anticipation are competing with each other.
At the medical center, we are reflecting on a full year of positive energy. We are also anticipating all that we have planned for 2018. Both are energizing for me.
When I look back on 2017, I see the success of many services we offer, but the chemotherapy and infusion services have especially enhanced the life of patients who do not have to travel for these services. This reduces the stress level that can already be very high for these patients. We look forward to the continued growth of these services in 2018.
We honored many employees in 2017. Early in the year, we honored employee of the year Jay Antrim. In August, we mourned the sudden death of longtime employee Sheila Runkle. Throughout the year, we celebrated retirements with deserving employees. And we honored two new DAISY award winning nurses — Kasey Greteman and Kelsey Stumbo. We will continue to honor and celebrate the commitment and good works of our employees in 2018. They are our greatest asset.
Healthcare, both nationally and on a state level, presented many challenging issues that rural hospitals like ours had to adjust and adapt for. We anticipate there is more to come in 2018. We will stay vigilant on both national and state levels so we can ensure our community’s healthcare needs can be met close to home.
I can’t predict all that may happen in 2018, but I can reiterate our mission, “to enrich our community by providing quality, compassionate care to every patient and contributing to the well-being of every family.” In 2018, we will continue to meet this mission and continue to keep our focus on our vision of being “Always Here, Always Caring.”
Thank you for entrusting us with your care in 2017 and 2018. Happy New Year!
Always Here, Always Caring,
Carl Behne, CEO