Jun 27, 2011
Buildings and Ideas Sometimes Need Remodeling
Dr. Tim Appenheimer, VP/Chief Medical Officer
Many of us have seen Judy Dixon’s 1997 centennial painting of modern day KSB with a faint shadow of the 1897 building superimposed. When it was new, this building must have been beautiful and highly functional.
Where is the 1897 building now? Gone! Architecture changed. Technology changed. Medical practice changed. Nursing practice changed. Patients’ needs and expectations changed. At some point in time, it became impossible to provide state-of-the-art medical care in that building. When a structure on our campus no longer helps us to provide the best for our patients, it is removed or remodeled.
Could the same is true of our thoughts and habits surrounding the delivery patient care?
Some of the ideas, assumptions, and habits that have served our patients well for decades may be in need of remodeling. Maybe some of our organizational architecture and some of our old comfortable mental structures could use some updating. Perhaps some ideas that you and I have held dear for years have slowly become dilapidated and unsafe and are now simply beyond repair!
And yet, some of the old foundations remain strong and functional…
Over the next several months, we will be looking for ideas to help us “add on” to the safety and reliability of the care we provide at KSB. We will be looking for ways to “remodel” the experience that our patients have at KSB.
Want to help? Keep checking The Pulse…