It Takes Community

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:11am

In the fall of 1994, I was working for an HMO, when I got a call from a former boss. After a few minutes of pleasant chitchat about kids and local events, the conversation sort of stalled. It was in that pause that Michelle* lowered her voice to just above a whisper, (which was strange because she was calling from her car), and said, "I just wanted to check in to see if you are happy in your job.  I'd like you to meet somebody.”


Friday, March 1, 2013 - 9:30am

Do you like country music?   I do.  I’m sure at some point on my drives down  Hwy 168  you could spot me doing an embarrassing imitation of Taylor Swift, singing “I knew you were trouble when you walked in,” or singing along to Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” or Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”    I had never really listened to Carrie Underwood and have tickets to attend the March 5 concert at the Save Mart Center, so I decided to sample her music last Saturday.   I br


Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 4:49pm

Like other Community employees, this morning I was greeted by an email from our system CEO Tim Joslin, saying thanks for putting our heart and soul into the work we do in caring for each other and our patients. This message triggered endorphins in me.  I felt a burst of compassion, gratitude and pride. How many CEOs send a love note to their workforce?! So I thought- "Wow, I have to pay this forward!"


Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:37pm

Earlier this month I was asking around, "What do people here do to help families who are struggling during the holidays?" When I mentioned this to Robyn Gonzales, she said,  "Talk to our homecare teams!  So I paid them a visit.   I learned not only what the spirit of giving is all about, but also how vital Homecare is to Community Medical Centers.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 9:55am

A week ago last Friday, my father was diagnosed with diffuse large cell B lymphoma. When I called him I tried to hide that I was nervous and emotional.  I didn’t know how he was taking the news and I wanted to be strong for him.  I was surprised when right out of the gate he said, “If they can take care of this I’ll be fine. And if they can’t, I’ll be fine. I’ve had a great life.” And that was that.  He then asked, “Are you coming in for Thanksgiving? They put on a great buffet here.”