What Buster Posey has in common with CMC nurses

Peg Breen: May 06, 20138 Comments

I was sitting in the stands last Friday night, at the Giants vs. Dodgers game when Buster Posey came up to bat in the 9thinning with the game tied 1-1.   It was a full count.   “What’s his name again?” I asked Ron, a recent transplant to California. “That’s Buster Posey”, he said. “Watch”. 

Almost before I had the chance to turn my gaze back to the field I heard a loud crack that could be nothing other than a 90 mph fastball against wood.  Posey had just hit his fourth homer of the season to win the game.  A sold out stadium of orange shirts let out a deafening roar, and without even realizing it, I was on my feet screaming too.  I looked up at the big screen to catch the close-up of a calm Posey rounding the bases, and then glanced back down to the field.  The Giants’ dugout had emptied as his teammates whooped with joy, surrounding home base to wave him in.

Yep.  I became a huge Giants fan that night, and on the drive back to Fresno started thinking about what it takes to “Be Buster”.    What I realized is that Buster has a lot in common with CMC nurses.

The road to being great isn’t easy

In May, 2011 Posey suffered what the sports writers describe as a brutal collision when Florida Marlins player Scott Cousins plowed into him at home plate.  If you can stand to look at it, watch the YouTube video or take a look at the photos online showing the grotesque position of his foot after impact.  He had fractured his fibula and torn the ligaments in his left ankle.  This kind of injury can be a career ender, but it wasn’t.  You have to believe that this was not only due to good doctoring, but his conviction to return to a game he loved.  

Even though the road hasn’t been easy, our nurses show the same bravery and love for their life’s work. This past year they’ve taken a hit at home plate too.   Weeks of code triage at Regional, the stress of a new bed tower opening at Clovis and continuing pressure to be efficient while hitting quality and patient satisfaction targets.  You have given all you got, and it’s paid off.  All of us, including the patients you healed, and the families who got their loved ones back in one piece, know you are an MVP too.

Quiet influence is the stuff of heroes

The sports media describe Buster as a throwback. He’s not the blustering, egotistical character Tim Robbins played in the movie “Bull Durham”.  He’s a quiet, take-care-of business kind of guy.  He’s achieved his superstar status not by talking to the media about his over-the-moon success, but by quietly making a difference on the field.

That’s what our nurses do.  Your dedication to innovate, to get things right and do the best for your patients is a game changer.   You’ve installed EPIC, implemented the Wellness Network and managed a large uptick in admissions with more than a few of your peers on the DL (Disabled List).   And yet, you deliver. No fanfare.  Just excellence.

MVPs step up when the chips are down

As the story goes, in October of 2012, the Giants had lost their first two games and were feeling pretty dejected as they stepped up to face the Cincinnati Reds in game 3 of the League Division Series.  In the locker room right before they went onto the field, manager Bruce Botchy said a few words, then handed center stage over to player Hunter Pence. The passionate speech he delivered had a huge impact on the whole team, including Posey.  He hit a grand slam home run into the upper deck.  Final score Giants 6, Reds – 0.

To celebrate Nursing Week I offer these reflections, and leave you with an excerpt from Pence’s locker room speech.   Take it to heart.  We feel this, about working with all of you.

"get in here, everyone get in here...look into each other eyes…now! look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it's the most fun, the best team I have ever been on” "and no matter what happens, we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it's all we have left".   -  Notes of Hunter Pence Locker Room speech recorded by Giants coach Tim Flannery.

Reply below to recognize a nurse and you’ll have your name entered into a drawing for tickets to a Grizzlies Game including parking passes and dinner!  Happy Nurses Week!

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8 responses to What Buster Posey has in common with CMC nurses

CMC Nurses

I would like to recognize my sister who is a dedicated RN/NP. Natasha Cogdill you are an amazing RN/NP to patients at FHSH! But most importantly you are our 24/7 on-call Nurse to our family! Courtney Hendrixson

Not only the nurses

Thanks for the wonderful comments about nurses, but it is all CMC employees working together that are making a big difference. Peggy McGinnis, RN

Home Health Nurses

I think our home health nurses and other clinicians who go out to patients' homes every day (whatever the weather) are like Buster in that just "do the job", caring for all of our patients equally.

CMC Nurses and....

Great story! CMC has something special going on. It is evident in many more ways than even your blog captured and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this extraordinary place. Our nurses are our bench strength and it is there deep committment and service that patients know this is the best place to be when they need care. Please exclude my name from the tickets as I want nurses to win this experience. Fan of all that nurses are and do. Sandra Hermans



Thank you for this timely

Thank you for this timely piece. It brought tears to my eyes. We are blessed to work for a great organization. I just want to thank all the nurses at Clovis for all their hard work. Happy Nurses and Hospital Week. Suzanne P. RN

Thank you for this blog!

Thank you for this post. As a San Francisco Giants fan and a CRMC RN, I really appreciated the message you were getting across. I am a new addition to the CRMC float team and I would like to recognize the amazing nurses that I work with on night shift. They embody the type of nurse that you have written in this blog and I am so grateful to be part of such an awesome team.

I want to recognize Jennifer

I want to recognize Jennifer Tsuboi RN

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