|In This Issue|
Todd Willert, FACHE
Community Healthcare System
Tracy O'Rourke, FACHE
Stormont Vail Health
Overland Park, KS
Stormont Vail Health
George M. Stover
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Austin Gillard, FACHE
Clay County Medical Center
Clay Center, KS
Ronald W. Marshall
Kansas Hospital Association
Richard W. (Wes) Hoyt, LTC (Ret), FACHE
Saint John Hospital
|From the Desk of the KAHCE President|
A retrospective on the first six
months of 2022
the summer solstice came and went without much fanfare except for the
realization that 2022 is now half
over! Where did this year go?
The majority of my colleagues and co-workers feel the same way…2022 may go down
as the weirdest year ever! And I’m
not even touching all of the social and political events of the first 6 months!
We roared in
to 2022 with perhaps the greatest surge of the pandemic. Our hospitals were
seeing record numbers of patients and worse yet, we were losing more associates
to illness than at any time of the pandemic. In January 2022 alone our hospital had more employees
out with COVID than the entirety of 2021! At the same time we were dealing with
critical testing supply shortages as well as those of monoclonal antibodies. Transferring
critical patients took days if you
could find an open bed anywhere. To
top it off we were trying to make sense of the Federal Vaccine mandate and laws
enacted by the Kansas Legislature. It seemed as COVID would never end…and then it did. The numbers started
declining in Mid-February and kept going.
I know I
spent about 3 weeks trying to understand what happened. COVID just “went away”! And this seemed much different than what
happened in spring of 2021. That
never seemed real. It was just a temporary pause. I then started taking
inventory of everything I had not done in the past 2 years and that was both
depressing and exhausting.
We now seem
to be in a Sitzkrieg with COVID. It’s
still out there raising its ugly head now and again, but we’re not seeing the
hospitalizations we did before. One of our nursing homes recently experienced
an outbreak of more than 13 infected residents. Thankfully no one passed away,
and only one required hospitalization. We have come so far in identifying
cases, mitigating spread and effective treatments, to say nothing of vaccines.
The first 6 months of 2022 have been a whirlwind of emotions
and activities. Things are just starting to feel “normal” again, although
we’re still not sure what that looks like. Thank you to all of my colleagues
out there who have led their hospitals and communities through the greatest
public health crisis of the past 100 years! It again shows how remarkably
resilient healthcare is!
Be sure to
join us on September 7 in Overland Park for our annual meeting and fall
educational conference. Anthony Armada,
FACHE and Chair of the ACHE Board of Governors, is scheduled to speak at
our meeting. He is enthusiastic and a great spokesperson for the College.
education committee is working hard on providing a great educational experience
with 4.5 F2F credits, so mark your
calendar for September 7.