The three-part mission of VCU Health: care, research, and education, is at the core of all we do. It is our desire to see this mission carried out for generations to come that drives our strategic planning process through Vision By Design.
As we discussed in our recent Town Hall meetings, the focus of our strategic planning work over the last 18 months has been defining our strategy, reviewing our operational processes, and positioning ourselves to continue building a stronger system for the long haul.
The result of this Vision by Design strategic work has been remarkable. We are on track to achieve significant operational efficiencies and savings this year. We have also sharpened our strategic focus into three themes: Education, Research, and Innovation, Top Performance, and Care for the Commonwealth.
These efforts have taken place, in part, behind the scenes, but there are two examples of Vision By Design work that are more public which we would like to mention here:
Vision by Design means shifting our leadership structure to help us realize our strategic potential. We recently made several changes, including asking Maria Curran to serve as our inaugural Chief Experience Officer, effective March 1. Maria will serve as a key leader in support of developing and executing the strategic and tactical plans for providing consistent and exceptional experiences for patients, learners, staff, providers and community stakeholders. She will apply her talents and dedication in new ways that will translate the concepts of experience and service excellence into actionable behaviors that align with Vision by Design.
Vision by Design is also tangibly demonstrated by physical changes to our campus – and to the Richmond skyline. We are making these changes so that we can improve the experiences of our patients, visitors and team members. Plans for new facilities like the adult outpatient facility and the inpatient tower will be designed so that they are welcoming, convenient, safe and accessible.
As we continue our Vision by Design journey, there will be more opportunities for each of you to involve yourself in the work. One of the places that you can play an active role is in the communication of Vision By Design. We pledge to keep you informed every step of the way. In return, we need your commitment to read, listen and ask the questions that will improve your understanding. In short, we ask for your pledge to remain engaged. As a first step, help us understand how we can use The Spirit to meet your communication needs. You can do this by emailing your comments and suggestions to our convenient mailbox: email@example.com.
Thank you for your support, creativity, ambassadorship and enthusiasm. Mostly, thank you for the trust you have placed in us as your leaders. Together, we will advance the legacy of this great organization, one patient, one student and one team member at a time.
Pictured right: Marsha D. Rappley ,VCU Vice President for Health Sciences and VCU Health System Chief Executive Officer, and Deborah Davis, CEO, VCU Hospitals and Clinics and VCU Vice President for Clinical Services
Under Vision By Design, we inspire our students and residents, just as they inspire us.
Colin Banas, M.D., chief medical information officer, VCU Medical Center was named 2018 Physician Executive Leader of the Year by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. The award recognizes a physician leader who demonstrates significant leadership in optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information technology. Recipients are selected jointly by the affirming organizations’ boards of directors. Click for the complete story.
A primary tenet of Vision by Design is our responsibility to care for each other and nurture our talent, energy and commitment.
Caregivers of adult dependents often feel like they are juggling to keep up with the demands of their careers, families and self-care. Sometimes they feel successful, sometimes not so much. And although they can feel quite alone at times, they are not. In fact, more than 6.5 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family members or friends each year.
Caregiving is difficult, both emotionally and physically. Direct caregiving activities alone take an average of 20 hours per week, leaving caregivers exhausted, stressed and frustrated. One solution for relief is adult day programs.
These programs can provide the respite caregivers need, while giving participants a sense of belonging and purpose during the daytime. Adult participants engage in activities, socialization and building friendships.
The on-site intergenerational VCU Health Adult Day Center (located on the MCV Campus, in the N-Deck structure) allows participants to come to work with their caregivers, giving them extra quality time together during commutes. During the day, participants enjoy socializing, participating in group discussions, art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy and other activities that enhance mental and physical health. Caregivers can work all day knowing their loved one is cared for in a safe environment. Adding to the peace of mind for caregivers is the extra set of eyes on their loved one. Their health will be constantly monitored and any changes will be reported to the family members.
If you are a caregiver and you need help juggling, please call Debbie Scott, supervisor, for more information: 828-8027.
On Friday, March 16, VCU Health’s Adult Day Center will offer a FREE DAY OF RESPITE! If you are interested in learning more or registering a loved one for the day, please call Debbie Scott at 828-8027.
Our mission and our vision are directly supported by our unwavering commitment to achieving the highest standards of safety, quality and service.
Most of us are relieved to see more sunshine and longer days ahead. Make sure you give your skin a checkup before you head for the pool!
The Department of Dermatology welcomes a new provider, Dr. Lydia Johnson, who is accepting new, established and pediatric patients.
Dr. Johnson is practicing full time at 9109 Stony Point Parkway. For an appointment, please call (804) 828-9595.
Please remember that the HR source for all employment information, including direct reports, is Ultipro.
We are asking managers to log in to Manager Self Serve (MSS) to review their list of direct reports and other information to confirm that it is correct – and update it as necessary. Managers are accountable for the accuracy of their data.
Managers are strongly encouraged to review reporting relationships in MSS before the performance evaluation cycle begins with self-evaluations. Changes made after April 3 will not be effective for the 2018 performance evaluation cycle.
Financial Wellness seminar on the MCV Campus, “Home Buyers,” presented by Virginia Credit Union will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 12 - 1 p.m. in The Learning Center, 1st Floor Main Hospital. Free and open to everyone. Questions: Emmy.Rusyniak@vcuhealth.org.
On Tuesday, March 20 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Main 1-426 conference room, Eldercare Education and Support presents: “Assistive Technology for Cognition.” The featured speaker will be Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, associate professor and director of the Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory, VCU Department of Occupational Therapy. Questions? Gale Davis, MS, Geriatric Care Manager 354-8082 or Gale.Davis@vcuhealth.org
On Tuesday, March 20, participating Dairy Queen locations will offer Free Cone Day. Participating stores also will accept donations for our Children’s Miracle Network® hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Financial Wellness seminar at Willow Lawn, “Money Goals,” presented by Virginia Credit Union will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the 3rd floor training room. Free and open to everyone. Questions? Email Emmy.Rusyniak@vcuhealth.org.
Join us on Saturday, March 24 for VCU’s 3rd Annual Dance Marathon benefiting Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Participants will remain on their feet in the Cary Street Gym for 12 hours (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) by dancing, playing games and spending time with CHoR patient families. Register at: ramthon.org.