Setting Priorities - Providing Focus
June 01, 2018
By: David Dick, HRMC President & CEO
Beware of your focus, especially on narrow paths. That is the lesson I learned while my wife, Cheryl, and I were on a horseback ride up Black Elk (Harney) Peak.
Why was focus so important? The path had narrowed as my horse climbed along the side of the mountain, and I glanced down into the deep cavern below.
That was my mistake. The horse felt the change in my focus and assumed that this guy on his back wanted to go off that cliff! Fortunately, the horse was smart enough to rebel – and a rancher concerned for my safety told me to look at the
path and relax. He then got off his horse and helped calm my horse. The experience scared me, but also taught me to make sure my focus is where I want my life to go.
It is certainly also true for the direction of the hospital. That is why the Huron Regional Medical Center board has adopted top priorities for the next three years. There are plenty of opportunities to be distracted; but the priorities give us a path to stay focused on.
Among the top priorities for HRMC’s newly developed 2020 strategic plan are: Making sure we have adequate hospital staff and physicians in our community, improving access to primary healthcare, keeping our facilities and equipment up to date, building partnerships, and adopting new technologies to assist doctors and staff as they provide care.
Each of these priorities includes many initiatives, which break down into activities and tactics to help the HRMC team accomplish the three-year targets we have envisioned for the health of our community. This becomes our focus.
One of the priorities on the top of my list is providing local nursing education opportunities. We know that nurses choose to be educated here because they like Huron – which is a great match for the community. This August, the new Southeast Technical Institute LPN-to-RN program
will start with at least eight students from the region.
Additionally, there are several other students starting LPN programs through Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute.
But this can’t be a “one-and-done” project – we all must work together to continue to fill the pipeline with future healthcare workers. And here’s where you, as a community member, can help. I have no doubt there are people in your life, or perhaps you yourself, who are gifted to care for others.
Please encourage your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to reach out and learn more about a healthcare career.
To learn more about the variety of healthcare careers, HRMC offers many opportunities including preschool through high school student hospital tours, hands-on demonstrations, the HRMC Healthcare Academy, Scrubs Camps and job shadow experiences.
Working with the HRMC Foundation, community foundations and other healthcare organizations, we’re also helping students finance their educations by offering scholarships to those willing to live here and care for our residents. Stay tuned for more information on our plans and how you – our customers – can play a role in how health care will be delivered in the future to the communities HRMC serves.
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