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eDocTalk article

A New Year’s resolution from Lewis Low, M.D.

January 2013

Lewis Low, M.D.

We Americans seem to love making New Year’s resolutions. Polls show that about 45 percent of us do it every year.

And why not? The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past year and set goals for the year ahead.

Here’s my resolution for 2013: Continue an intense focus on Legacy’s partnership with you, our physicians. I want to make each and every one of you feel that your voice is heard.

Along with other members of Legacy’s leadership team, I’ve been working on this over the past months. We’ve hosted small-group dinner sessions to hear from you. We’ve encouraged creation of a Neurosciences Leadership Council, comprised primarily of physicians, to help develop a vision and strategic plan for Legacy’s neurosciences service line. We’ve welcomed an initiative by physicians to improve patient care by being more consistent in how we use Epic’s Problem List.

These are concrete examples of Legacy’s interest in your opinions and how we are factoring your views into our decisions. You can read more about each of these activities elsewhere in this eDocTalk issue.

I’ve also encouraged you to email me at any time with questions, comments, ideas or concerns. One of you contacted me in frustration about the lack of Internet service in one of our buildings. A fix is now under way. I also got a message about a patient care issue that I was able to help resolve. No item is too small or too large.

In 2013 we will be accelerating the creation and use of specialty leadership councils. We already have them in place not only for neuro, but also cardiology, oncology and imaging. They will grow into an increasingly important vehicle for your involvement.

If you want to participate in a council, or if you see an area of particular need, let me know.

A lot of New Year’s resolutions fail. Experts say that, to be effective, resolutions must be realistic and build on small successes. I believe a true partnership with you is not only realistic but vital. And we have a few successes under our belt to take advantage of.

Here's to a 2013 that sees a stronger partnership between Legacy Health and our physicians with even greater benefit for our patients.