Stephanie Ashworth shared the below quote with me and I’ve had it in my inbox for months but now is the perfect time to share it.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rhetoric about health care reform, decreases in reimbursement and the need to change practices as health care migrates from quantity to quality. The health care landscape is changing but one constant remains – the purpose of our work – the patient.
“It’s so easy….”
“It is so easy—it is frighteningly easy—to forget why we are troubling ourselves in the very first place. It is so easy—it is so frighteningly easy—to become trapped in a sterile thesis that our institutions must survive simply because they must survive or that our true deep purpose is to gain and preserve market share in a vacant terrain of others whose purpose is precisely the same.
It is so easy to believe that our habits of work are somehow valid and worth defending in isolation from the reason for that work to exist in the first place.
The work is not there in the first place. In the first place, there is the patient….”