Over the recent months, I have received a lot a great feedback from employees, physicians and Board members on Reston Hospital’s vision, core values and strategic plan. This is a great time to clarify our plans for the future while we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Through this milestone, we have celebrated many of the successes of our past; however, I believe that it is just as important to focus on the next 25 years.
I will be talking about some of these ideas during my CEO Town Hall meetings over the next few weeks. During the re-examination of our core values it became clear that they needed to be simplified in a way that more closely embodied our hospital’s culture. Through that reflective process, the Board of Trustees adopted the core values that we developed under the Acronym ICARE, which stands for Integrity, Compassion, Advocacy, Resourcefulness and Excellence. This week, I’ll elaborate a bit on each of these values, starting with the first.
Integrity: Do the right thing no matter what. You either have it or you don’t. The employee that fits our culture knows the difference between doing the right and wrong thing. If you see something that doesn’t align with high integrity, raise the red flag, stop what is occurring, and bring it to someone’s attention.
I invite you to share how integrity plays a role in your day to day, whether it’s here at Reston Hospital Center, at another place of business, or at home. Do you have a specific example of how it guided a decision or of a person that you think exemplifies this value?