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

Remember, once a week I will respond to questions.  Keep the questions coming, any topic is fair game.  Here we go…

Kathy asks: What kind of programs does the hospital do that keep people healthy and prevent diseases?  Great question and I’ll answer by not answering.  GVMH offers several support groups, educational programs, wellness classes and preventive screenings all aimed at keeping you, our top priority, healthy.  We actually provide so many options and programs that I’m afraid I’ll bore you with a list.  The easiest way to stay informed about offerings is to visit the hospital website on a regular basis www.gvmh.org.  While on the site you will see information about upcoming programs, events, screenings, classes and services and you can even listen to podcasts from local providers on several different health care topics.  While on the website take a minute to sign up for our E-Newsletter and we will email you a once a month to keep you informed of programs.  You can also email llower@gvmh.org and type E-newsletter in the subject line to be added to the email list.

Tammy asks: When will the Emergency/Admitting entrance be reopened? What happens after that?  Today, kind of…  Most of you know GVMH is undergoing a facelift and renovation.  We are updating our facilities and the admitting entrance has been closed for several weeks.  The good news is admitting and emergency waiting areas re-open today, September 14.  The actual admitting entrance will not re-open until September 24th so all foot traffic will need to continue to come in the main entrance until then. 

When people finally get to see the renovated space I believe they will realize that it was worth the wait.  The new space is awesome and it’s hard to believe it is the same place.  In the previous paragraph I said “the good news is”, well the bad news is the new furniture is on back order and won’t be here until September 27 so it’s kinda like going to prom in an old dress, the hair’s done, the make-up’s pretty but the dress has a small stain.  On September 27 the admitting area will get a “new dress”. 

Once the admitting entrance is finished and re-opened, the next thing to occur will be the closing of the main entrance.  Once the main entrance is closed the canopy will be removed and construction will begin on the new canopy, new gift shop, new chapel and new foyer.  When complete, you will be able to enter the main entrance of the hospital and actually see the elevators!  If you’ve ever been in the hospital you know how different it’s going to look. 

Work on ground, first, second and third floors will be ongoing, some at day some at night, but the final project will be finished soon after the first of the year.  I’ll post updates periodically and hopefully I can post a few before and after pictures at some point as well.

Leslie asks: What are some of the bands/artists you currently like (or liked as a teenager)? Do you play or have you ever attempted to learn an instrument?  My taste in music is difficult to describe on my iPod you’ll find artists such as Frank Sinatra, Kid Rock, Metallica, Brad Paisley, Big and Rich, Gnarls Barkley and Brooke White just to name a few.  I tend to like songs rather than artists. 

I have attempted to play an instrument.  My mother made all of her kids take piano lessons when we were younger.  I quit when I got too cool for the piano.  I wish I’d have stuck with it because I would like to be able to play today.  It’s like telling your parents you love them, saying I’m sorry, eating right, going the speed limit, being nice and a whole bunch of other things that aren’t cool when you’re a teenage boy but you realize later in life are important. 

Lisa asks: What are your thoughts on the preacher in Florida threatening to burn the Koran?  It’s wrong.  No matter your religious belief, the Koran is someone’s bible.  Our country was founded on religious freedom and people are free to worship the god of their choice.  I would be upset if someone burned my King James Version of the Bible just as someone would, and should, be upset if the Koran is burned.

Alexa asks: I would like to see GVMH offer more community support groups. There are a few support groups offered by local churches and the health department but there are not many resources for young adults and newer parents. As you know trouble shooting breastfeeding was not easy and required that I travel to Warrensburg.  I have done some research and these are classes offered at other hospitals that I think might benefit people in Clinton.  Sibling class for expanding families, Infant CPR for Parents and Grandparents,  Infant grieving / loss support group (closest group is in KC and I know there are people in town that could benefit).  I acknowledge that it will take a lot of work but as the saying goes it takes a village to raise a baby. GVMH has a great childbirth class but there are so many other things they could offer the community.  I didn’t include all of the suggestions but you can read them under the comments section of last week’s “You’ve got questions.  I’ve got answers” blog. 

But here’s my answer.  Yes dear, whatever you say dear…  In the interest of full disclosure Alexa is my wife but she did pose a question so I owe her an answer and here it is.

GVMH can provide more classes and support to young adults.  First we need to be made aware of what type of classes young adults would like to attend.  There’s nothing more frustrating than identifying staff who are passionate about giving back to the community and providing education only to have no one show up to participate –  it’s deflating to say the least. 

For GVMH to provide more classes and support groups to young adults, or anyone for that matter, two things need to happen.  First, anyone who has a suggestion for a class or support group needs to let us know.  You can contact me, any other member of senior leadership, or our Marketing Department and share your thoughts.  Second, we need to identify staff in our organization who are passionate about getting involved and providing education on a specific topic.  If you are one of those staff members I would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and learn what it is you are passionate about sharing with others.

Well that’s it for this week.  Please keep the questions coming, I can’t answer them if I don’t get them.

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 Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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2 Responses to You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers.

  1. Kim Bybee says:

    Craig,
    I’ve been hearing alot of negitive comments about the emergency department at Golden Valley from both fellow worker’s and patient’s. What do you say when you repeatedly hear the same negitive comments and complaints about a department at GVMH?

  2. Kelsey Himes says:

    Craig,
    I do agree with Alexa and think it would be beneficial to have a breastfeeding class and support groups for mom’s and growing families. When I was pregnant I went to Warrensburg as well to be educated on how to breastfeed. I also suffered the loss of my infant at 38 wks. I also have to say that GVMH doctor’s and nurses were all so kind to me and my family through all of that and I would never think about going anywhere else in my next pregnancy because of that. But I would have loved to had other mom’s to talk to about their losses as well. I think there is a need for both of these things. I am planning on starting a support group soon for mother’s who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss soon. I actually got my first donation to help get it started from another organization who helps families heal after such a loss. I know there are people out there that need different support for different season’s of life that they are going through, hopefully this might get the ball rolling on some of those topics!

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