By: Courtney Dabney
5 a.m. Alarm goes off, and I head to LA Fitness to exercise.
6 a.m. Return home to get ready for work.
7 a.m. Leave the house and drop my 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son at school on my way to the hospital. This gives me a chance to spend a little one-on-one time with them in the car. Today, my daughter reads aloud to me that “the cat is red.”
7:30 a.m. Arrive at the Medical City Fort Worth. After checking emails and looking over today’s packed calendar, I stop by an orientation session to welcome new employees who are joining our team of 1,000 professionals. Employee engagement is an important part of my job, making sure that we all are working together as a team.
8 a.m. Every morning, I “round” on employees and patients. I visit various hospital units, stopping by the nurses’ station, for example, to see how things are going. I visit several patient rooms, chatting with them and their family members to make sure they are satisfied with the care they are receiving.
9 a.m. I join the hospital’s daily Safety and Patient Experience “huddle” with our leadership team. Our leaders round on, or visit, patients daily, then report back to this group.
9:30 a.m. I speak at our hospital’s Donate Life Month Ceremony. As home to the Medical City Fort Worth Transplant Institute, we work to promote awareness of the importance of organ donation. I am always inspired by the stories from the transplant recipients and their families, as well as the families of organ donors. This is just one of many community events in which our team members will participate this month.
10:30 a.m. Pop in on the Robotics service line Monthly Operational Review meeting for updates from our specialty surgeons, who are performing procedures with one of the three different types of robotic surgical systems at Medical City Fort Worth.
11:30 a.m. Civic lunch with an elected official, community group or local business leader. Building and maintaining positive relationships with the community we serve are very important.
1:30 p.m. Conference call with representatives from our Medical City Healthcare division office. Because Medical City Fort Worth is one of 14 Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals in the Medical City Healthcare system, I am frequently on conference calls where we share information and expertise across the division. The same holds true for conference calls with our corporate team at HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of health care services.
3 p.m. I put on a hard hat and safety vest and walk across the street for a construction tour of our new patient tower. It is exciting to see how quickly things are progressing on this $64 million project, which will feature a new Emergency Department, additional space for our intensive care patients and a new helipad. It is scheduled to open for patients in January 2019.
4 p.m. Back to my office to catch up on emails, prepare for tomorrow’s meetings and meet with various physicians and staff members.
5:30 p.m. Head out to a community reception or dinner event with physicians. Several evenings a week, I am out connecting with the community.
7 p.m. Make it home and spend some time with my wife, daughter and son before bed.
By: Courtney Dabney