Last month I ranted about a server at a restaurant that claimed we weren’t in his station, which brought us to the lesson of it being everybody’s responsibility to take care of every customer, no matter what. This month we go the opposite direction with a rave. Last week my wife had minor surgery. (She’s […]
Last month I ranted about a server at a restaurant that claimed we weren’t in his station, which brought us to the lesson of it being everybody’s responsibility to take care of every customer, no matter what.
This month we go the opposite direction with a rave. Last week my wife had minor surgery. (She’s fine. Thank you for being concerned.) Just three days after the surgery she received a thank you card from the hospital. The card came signed from Phyllis Austin, Director of Surgical Services, thanking us for choosing Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Also on the card were handwritten notes from two of the nurses and from several people on her “OR team.” Thankfully, I haven’t been in the hospital often, but the few times I have I don’t ever remember getting a thank you note.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center wants patients. They are in a competitive environment and patients have choices. They’ve adopted a vision that says, “Through our exceptional people, we deliver extraordinary care. Your health is important to us and your well-being is our priority, even after your return home.” Isn’t that the kind of hospital you would want to go to if you were sick?
Now, can they back it up? They did. They did what was expected. They did what hospitals do. We went through the admission process, then preparation for the surgery, then recovery – and everything went smoothly. The people were very nice, but shouldn’t they be? Then came the little something extra: the thank you note. To us, it didn’t just say thank you. It said that they appreciated us, they cared about us and that we were special. It wasn’t a hospital taking care of a patient. It was people taking care of a patient.
The famous actor and comedian Robin Williams once portrayed Patch Adams in a movie of the same name. One of the lines from this movie summed up what I’m trying to say. And by the way, you don’t have to work at a hospital for this to apply to you. He said…
“You treat a disease; you win, you lose. You treat a person; I’ll guarantee you’ll win.”
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