One of the best things about working at GVMH is the family atmosphere and yesterday we said goodbye to one of our family’s founders.
The hospital celebrated its 40th Birthday earlier this year and Connie Austin is the only Director of Health Information Management GVMH has known. We were all saddened by Connie’s passing last weekend and we paid tribute her at her funeral yesterday.
Connie’s tenure is a testament to her dedication to GVMH and it was fitting that she spent her final days at the hospital. Connie was dedicated to the organization and she believed in our Mission. Connie worked tirelessly to do the right thing and she worked hard to make our hospital, and our community, a better place.
Connie’s contribution to GVMH goes well beyond her job duties and her 40 years of service to the provision of health care to our community can never be measured. I had, and continue to have, a great deal of respect for Connie. She was true to herself and true to the organization. I had the fortune, and pleasure, of working closely with Connie and even when we didn’t agree on the best course of action I always knew that we both wanted the same outcome – what was best for the patient, our organization and our community.
I will remember Connie most for her ability to communicate with physicians in a manner that resulted in them doing exactly what she wanted without them knowing! If you ever had the pleasure of sitting in Connie’s office you know that there was no such thing as a short conversation and you also know that Connie would let you know her stance on an issue even if she knew you didn’t agree. I respected that about Connie and I hope I learned from her.
Connie will be succeeded but she will never be replaced. God bless her.
There’s one other thing about Connie I want to share – Connie had the most beautiful handwriting I’ve ever seen. Connie’s handwriting looked like art work and a note from her was worthy of framing. It’s ironic that her career dealt with deciphering physician’s handwriting – I doubt any of us would characterize physician handwriting as “beautiful”!