In January, more than 100 of your fellow staff members attended Values Coach training here in Kearney led by Joe Tye, a former hospital administrator and CEO of Values Coach, Inc. If you had the opportunity to attend Joe’s training, I hope you were able to leave refreshed and motivated to come back and implement what you learned within your departments here at Good Samaritan.
I am proud of the commitment many of you have made to implement the 12 Core Action Values (authenticity, integrity, awareness, courage, perseverance, faith, purpose, vision, enthusiasm, focus, service and leadership) into your work. By making these pledges daily, we’re ensuring EXCELLENT interactions with our patients and visitors—and each other.
You may not be aware, but Good Samaritan has taken a lead role related to the Values Coach initiative in the state of Nebraska. In addition to our employees, 68 representatives from other Nebraska hospitals also attended the training session in Kearney and are taking what they learned and presenting it to others. Good Samaritan has taken such a lead, in fact, that we’ve earned recognition as Nebraska’s Resource Hospital when it comes to Values Coach!
If you didn’t see the article in the Kearney Hub showcasing the launch of the Values Coach campaign in Nebraska, I encourage you to take a look. Just click here to read the story online. Thank you to those of you who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the training. I look forward to the impact you’ll make not only here at Good Samaritan, but throughout the state of Nebraska.
Last, I want to spotlight a creative way one of our employees is reminding himself and others to follow one of Joe’s philosophies—the Pickle Challenge. According to Joe, the Pickle Challenge replaces negative attitudes and victim thinking with can-do enthusiasm, positive thinking, and optimistic expectations. Doug Tillman, clinical educator at RYH brought a larger-than-life reminder to work (see picture below) to get his coworkers on-board with the transformation offered by the Pickle Challenge. However you choose to participate, I hope you’ll remember this fun and effective challenge of keeping a positive attitude.
Doug Tillman and his "Pickle Challenge" mascot. Doug is a clinical educator at RYH.