Over the next few days I’ll be posting blogs of well wishes and reflection from my colleagues. First up is a note from our Chief Financial Officer, Gordon Glass. Even though you’ll see a KU reference below, Gordon’s a good guy and I’m fortunate to draw on his knowledge.
As we quickly approach the end of the year, it is good to take time and reflect on the past, but also look forward to the future.
I have been blessed to have been in health care finance the past 38 years. I have seen hospitals go from posting machines to the advanced computerization we have today. Surgeries have gone from 80% inpatient to 80 % outpatient. When I started working in a hospital in 1972 we could never have dreamed of the technology that is available to our patients in 2010. Today we cannot even begin to imagine the life saving technology and drugs that will be available 40 years from now.
I have had the privilege to work with many great people at four hospitals in my career. The staff and managers that we have at GVMH are among the best I have worked with during my career. The five managers that I work directly with (Connie Austin, Jim Begin, Paul Hagan, Ken Lanning, and Tammy Nadler) are outstanding and I enjoy working with them each day. The departments they lead have great employees that I have gotten to know during the past five years. We think of hospitals being doctors, nurses, and others that provide direct patient care, but equally important is the supporting staff that clean the hospital, order supplies and equipment, register patients, bill insurance companies, process payroll so all employees are paid bi-weekly, pay the bills, transcribe the physicians dictation, code the charts, implement new computer systems, and keep the computer network and hundreds of PCs operating. Thank you support staff, you do a fantastic job!
I was very fortunate 39 years ago to have met my wife Bonnie. We have two great children Gregg and Jenni, both graduates of the University of Kansas. This year was the greatest ever as we welcomed our first grandchild Garrett Dawson Glass into the family. There is nothing better than being a parent and grandparent. I look forward to taking Garrett to his first Chiefs games next fall (I have his dad’s permission but still working on his mom’s).
I always look forward to the New Year because that means Big XII basketball is moving into conference play. It also means March Madness is just around the corner. For Jayhawks fans the expectations are high, knowing the Final Four is coming in April.
Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!