We’re now onto day three of sharing the hospital’s recently updated core values. The values follow an easy acronym, which should make sense for anyone in our hospital—I CARE. It stands for Integrity, Compassion, Advocacy, Resourcefulness and Excellence. So far we’ve gone over Integrity and Compassion.
Today, I’ll elaborate on our third value, advocacy. It is important that we are not only an advocate for the patient, but also each other and this organization. If you see something that can be improved, take personal action and initiative to help us find a better way. If you see a patient not getting everything done in his or her best interest, make a stand and lobby for their well-being. Whether you are in the hospital or in the community, share the good news about the talents and compassion of your co-workers, our physicians, and our hospital. Your words are powerful and have great impact. They can often sway the people who hear them to make a choice to join to our team.
How does advocacy play into your day to day, here at Reston Hospital Center or elsewhere? Is there a specific person (or act) that truly exemplifies what it means to be an advocate?