You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers.

Last week I asked you to submit questions, either personal or professional, and I said that I would devote a blog to answering those questions.  I would like to make this a regular blog post so please send me questions by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” link below the blog. 

So here are answers to a few of the questions I received:

Lisa asks Q: Have you read any good books lately.  A:  Just last night I read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see; Mouse Soup; Rabbit Finds the Moon;, and a personal favorite First Shapes.  My son is fascinated with books and we read several every day, in fact, we read the same books several times each day.  Did I mention we read the same books over, and over, and over,and over again.  In all seriousness, I am reading a great book right now.  Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Planes with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape.  I enjoy reading about great football coaches, I happen to think great football coaches could be successful in any industry.  Our Boys is a true story about a highschool football team in a small town in Kansas and the team will set the all time record of consecutive wins, 72, if the team can remain undefeated for the entire season.  It’s not really a sports book, it’s about life lessons, small town America, and a coach who cares more about his players playing well than winning a game.

Virginia asks Q: Are there any large ticket hospital purchases in the works.  A:  I plan to do a future blog about every hospital’s need to invest in computer software and hardware in order to receive incentive money from the federal government (and we’re talking millions of dollars per hospital) so I will leave that topic for another day.  Just this week we have been negotiating price for a new digital radiology room as well as a new workstation for the radiologist, we plan to purchase a few new scopes for endoscopy, we’ve purchased new lab instruments for the hospital and clinic, high-definition monitors for surgery, and a new ambulance. 

Steven asks Q: I know you are a Missouri Tiger Fan, how do you think the football team will do this year.  A:  I will be disappointed if Missouri finishes worse than 8 and 4 this year.  I believe we should expect a 9 and 3 season, anything better will be considered great.  The Tigers have a killer stretch of four games where they travel to Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Nebraska and then face Oklahoma at home.  If they win two of those games I’ll be surprised.  Missouri should have an offense capable of scoring on anyone, the key will be how their defense performs.  It doesn’t matter how many points your team scores when you let your opponent score more.

Kristen asks Q: What values/qualities do you see as essential for health care leaders to possess as we move to the new face of health care?  A:  Adaptable.  Without question an organization’s ability to adapt will be the most important trait in determining success and possibly even survival.  If you are averse to change or can’t adapt quickly, health care is the wrong business for you.  We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, we do know it will be different from today.

Mark asks Q: Someone had mentioned to me that you fly. I would be interested to hear a little about that… the way when do I get to go up?  A:  I have my pilot’s license and I enjoy flying and I have around 250 hours of flight time.  Flying isn’t difficult and the training you receive focuses on how to respond to emergencies which is good because I lost my engine one day while flying, I’ll share the story sometime.  Flying requires concentration and awareness but allows you, for a short period of time, to forget your trivial concerns on the ground.  I haven’t flown since February because I’ve been too busy, or haven’t made time, and I am a firm believer that flying is one of those things you should do a lot or you shouldn’t do it at all.  The only way to stay proficient with flying is to do it on a regular basis.  I won’t fly again until I spend a couple of hours in the air with an instructor after that I’d be more than happy to take you up Mark, that is, as long as you still want to go knowing that I’m not proficient and I lost an engine once, but hey, it’s up to you!

Keep those questions coming and if you want more information about anything I shared, just let me know.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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3 Responses to You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers.

  1. Holly says:

    I think if we have all learned one thing from your blog it would be that you have a great sense of humor! Enjoy the blog, keep it up.

  2. Kristen Bertz says:

    I’ve learned a whole host of things from your blogs, but a few things I know for sure.
    1. The ability to transfer though or spoken word into written form is reserved for a small number of individuals- and you’re one of them. Your emotion, depth, sincerity, humor, leadership, and love flow out of you with ease and each time I read something new about you is revealed.
    2. Our mother always wanted to be a writer, frequently telling me that she was going to write a book after retirement. This is just one more gift she gave…to the the person who is her closest living example, YOU. I imagine her sitting down next to you in the mornings, savoring her Gloria Jean’s pumpkin spice coffee while slowly working her way through of a tub of yogurt, snug in her worn out purple robe and ruby red houseshoes, ready to ponder the life lessons of the day.

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