NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While Titans players were preparing for their third preseason game in Atlanta last Friday, the organization helped Saint Thomas Health host a Leadership Conference for more than 300 associates from across Tennessee at LP Field.
The program kicked off with Bernie Sherry, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas West Hospitals, Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Geoffrey Smallwood, M.D., and Fahad Tahir, CEO, Saint Thomas Physician Services accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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With recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
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“I was challenged by some friends to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and three of my colleagues received similar challenges,” said Sherry. “Because our day at LP Field was a retreat focused on associate and leadership engagement,jk we wanted to use the Ice Bucket Challenge as a way to inspire our leaders to set goals and engage with our associates to improve overall performance. Similar to a coach receiving the ice bucket upon a victory, we challenged our entire leadership team to achieve our patient experience objectives and, if victorious, Dr. Mike Schatzlein will receive the victory ice bucket.”
Dr. Mike Schatzlein, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health, welcomed the group and thanked them for their dedication and commitment to helping people live healthier lives and transforming the healthcare experience. Additionally, the program provided information to cultivate continued excitement about their Ministry and its purpose.
“What a difference a year has made!” said Karen Springer, executive vice president and COO. “The overall quality and importance of patients feeling good about their healthcare journey and patients connecting to their healthcare experience is part of our mission, vision and values. We consider our leaders franchise owners and part of our community. It is important for us to strive to exceed goals and for the goals to cascade down to departments.”
Guest speaker, Dan Collard from the Studer Group Leadership Development Institute, led the program with leadership development exercises and breakout sessions with the goal of improving core relationships with associates.
The day included appearances from Titans mascot T-Rac and cheerleaders, and concluded in the afternoon with giveaways and a tour of the LP Field locker room.
Saint Thomas is committed to taking care of patients and their families physically, emotionally and spiritually. Its mission is to provide holistic care, which sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities.