GRHD CEO meets with employees and community
Martie Wisdom moved to Battlement Mesa on Dec. 7, the coldest day of the year. She’s been warming to the area ever since.Wisdom is the new chief executive officer of the Grand River Hospital District. The district’s board of directors chose her from a number of qualified applicants, taking just under a year to bring her on board.Wisdom headed up the heart and vascular center at a large group of hospitals in Albuquerque, N.M., where she lived for more than 20 years.”It is small here,” Wisdom said. “That’s one of the things I like. I wanted to be somewhere where I would know all of the employees and they would know me and they would feel comfortable coming in here to talk to me. And a place where I can run into people at the grocery store and say, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about doing this. What do you think?'”Those conversations with employees and community members are first on Wisdom’s “to do” list. She’s spent her first two weeks on the job meeting with employees and department heads and plans to spend her next two weeks talking with community members and the board of directors.”I’ve been asking employees what they’re most proud of. What, if anything, they think they would want to change and also what they don’t want changed,” Wisdom said. “I think that’s really just as important.”Wisdom said as she settles in and meets people in this smaller, but more complicated place than the one she came from, she’s particularly struck by how “proud” people seem to be of the hospital.”Health care can be a really hard way to make a living,” Wisdom said. “It’s very demanding and you work with people who are usually not feeling their best. It’s easy for some of us to take our work for granted. People here don’t do that.”Wisdom knows she has moved into a growing community and sees a lot of opportunity for Grand River to grow with Rifle. She has a philosophy that the district should stand firmly on three legs. The first is community impact, which involves the district’s role in so many elements of health care, including long-term care, emergency services, clinics and local doctors. The second leg is financial health, which allows the district to constantly add more and better services.The third leg is outcome. Wisdom wants to make sure everyone has quality medical care from the district.”My vision is simple,” Wisdom said, “to provide service where everyone in the community has had a positive experience here or knows someone who has.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. email@example.com
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