Yesterday we visited Arlington National Cemetery, which was an incredibly moving experience as we looked around us at the vast number of people who lost their life fighting for our country. A few of us saw the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Later in the day when we visited the Lincoln Memorial at sunset my emotional response grew even further as I looked around me and saw the lives of the living – men, women and children – who could be the next victim of medical error. There was so much joy surrounding me, and yet internally I felt sadness, frustration, guilt, and distress as I thought about the beautiful lives that could be taken away in just a moment. I thought of Lewis Blackman and Michael Skolnik – the terrible way their lives ended and the… Continue reading
After two full days of Telluride East 2016 I am left with numerous thoughts and emotions that I am still processing. One of the most prevalent is one of support – being around like-minded people who speak my thoughts and share my concerns about where healthcare is and where it needs to be. As a non-clinician (healthcare administration) I sometimes feel like an outsider, yet here I am accepted with open arms and my ideas are highly valued. The ideas of partnership in this safe space give me hope for the possibilities outside these walls. I find myself nodding to nearly every comment that is made as I realize truly how similar we view the world around us and see the room for improvement still to be made.
Yet I am nervous…we are here because we share a passion for quality… Continue reading