Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Thoughts – Part II

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As we continue from the post yesterday, here is the conclusion to President Roosevelt’s prayer from the book, Battlefields & Blessings, by Larkin Spivey (‘D-Day Prayer for the Nation’ page 281).

“AFTER ASKING for God’s protection over the servicemen in danger on the beaches of Normandy, President Roosevelt continued with his prayer, asking God for unity and courage throughout the nation. With this heartfelt plea he completed his radio broadcast on June 6, 1944, the night of D-Day:

. . . And for us at home – fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them – help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too – strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment – let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace – a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

May we remember those who have gone before us, serving and sacrificing for our freedoms.  May we remember those who are in service on foreign fields to protect and defend the dignity of life.



Memorial Day Thoughts – Part I

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

As we prepare for Memorial Day, here is a page from the book, Battlefields & Blessings, by Larkin Spivey (‘D-Day Prayer for the Troops’ page 280).

“DURING THE EVENING of June 6, 1944, as American, British, and Canadian troops were fighting to establish a beachhead on the coast of Normandy, President Franklin Roosevelt went on the radio to lead the nation in a D-Day prayer:

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success so far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tired, by night and by day, without rest – until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

Tomorrow, the president’s prayer is continued for the nation.”

May we remember those who have gone before us, serving and sacrificing for our freedom. May we remember those who are in service this day on foreign fields to protect and defend the dignity of life.



Progress on Patient Parking – the Central Parking Deck

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Construction of the new central parking deck began in January 2010 and is set for completion by late summer.  The new parking deck will provide approximately 345 parking spaces to serve patients and visitors.  The location of this three-story parking facility will face Cheves Street, between the McLeod Tower and the McLeod Pavilion.

A webcam camera is offering a unique view of what’s going on behind the construction safety fence.  When you login to the website, the camera takes a “still” shot of the site at that time and you can track the daily progress of the project.

10 South Medical/Surgical Team and Nursing Leaders To Receive National Recognition

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

It is always a joy to share good news, and today’s blog entry does just that.  I’ve recently learned that McLeod Regional Medical Center will receive two awards this June, at a national conference conducted by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), the research firm that conducts our patient satisfaction survey.

The first recognition is called the “5-Star Excellence in Patient Experience Award,” and it will be awarded to the 10 South Medical/Surgical unit team, and all those who contribute to a 10th floor patients’ experience, for the excellent care they have provided their patients during 2009. The “5-Star” designation means that, when compared to the peers, the 10 South team at McLeod scores among the top 10% in the nation!  Put another way, so many of 10th South’s patients rated McLeod’s quality of care as “Excellent,” that 10th South scored higher than 9 out of 10 hospital medical/surgical units, nationwide.

This is certainly an accomplishment for patients and families worth celebrating, and the team on 10 South should be commended.

Lisa McDonald and Kathy Sims worked together to create a culture of teamwork among the 10 South staff. Their efforts resulted in 10 South receiving the Platinum Achievement Award from PRC.

I mention the word “team” because the second award that McLeod Regional Medical Center will receive is specifically related to the team on 10th. This second recognition is called the “Platinum Achievement Award,” and it will be awarded to Kathy Sims, RN, Director of 10 South, and Lisa McDonald, RN, Nurse Liaison. Their team-centered work to support a culture of teamwork among the 10 South staff, won this top honor from PRC.

In 2009, the surgical team from 10 South, and members from the medical team from 5 East, joined forces to create today’s high-performing unit. The journey to arrive in the top 10% of the nation required that Lisa and Kathy turn their energy and leadership toward merging these teams into one. The results speak for themselves.  This is a team that works together, with the patient as the center of their attention.

Congratulations Lisa and Kathy, for the well-deserved recognition for your work to align this team’s focus; and congratulations to 10 South staff and supporting departments, for the outstanding 5-Star award for excellent patient satisfaction. Both are examples of how McLeod continues to strive for excellence in all we do.  Both are opportunities to learn from others how we might best meet the needs of our patients.