Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
All in a Day's Work
Taking a note from Paul Levy, the CEO at BIDM in Boston, a lot of people ask me...so what exactly does a hospital administrator actually do? Kinda hard to explain, but today was a pretty typical day:
8:00 Stop at the Post Office to mail a package and pick up a package. 8:30 Arrive at hospital (about an hour later than usual thanks to the Post Office errand) 8:30 Impromptu meeting in the cafeteria coffee line with a colleague about a project we're working on together. 9:00 Check e-mail, snail mail, messages 9:30 Meeting with VP of HR regarding a severance package for an employee who is retiring, and to discuss promoting someone in to her position. 10:00 Meet with my Director of Research to review her retirement package. 10:30 Meet with Research Assistant to announce her promotion to Director of Research. 11:00 Prepare for noon staff luncheon with my Managers. 12:00 Run down to cafeteria to take part in a $1,000 raffle to recognize great customer service. A few of my staff were nominated - but no one won. 12:15 Monthly staff lunch with Managers. 1:15 - 1:45 Off line meeting with a manager regarding a personnel issue. 2:00 Ambulatory Operations Meeting - present Performance Improvement data for key quality indicators for the last quarter. 3:00 Another round of email and return phone calls 4:00 Monthly Operating Room Committee meeting (let the politics begin!)
5:30 - 8:00 Dinner meeting with my CEO, Medical Directors, VP of Nursing and Chairman of our Board to review a consultant's findings regarding our Operating Room Utilization and Efficiency. Lots of disagreement over the data from the docs, lots of pushback from my CEO, and an agreement to gather more data, refine it, and meet again in a month. Chocolate covered strawberries....yum!
8:15 Came home to a clean house courtesy of my cleaning lady. Read mail, post blog, pet cats, watch "Heroes" from last night, check email, go to bed.