I often get asked, “What you do like best about working at Premier?” My answer is always, unequivocally, “I am thankful to work for a company that has a greater mission of caring – for its employees, for the community and for the greater population.”
I never worked in healthcare before coming to Premier. I’m not a clinician (the word “clinician” wasn’t even in my vocabulary). But having been in the healthcare industry for nearly 6 years now, my appreciation for the need to fundamentally change healthcare delivery in our country has grown.
As a non-clinical team member, I get a few opportunities a year to interact directly with our member healthcare organizations and supplier partners. The biggest one? Premier’s Breakthroughs Conference.
It’s the one place where I can visit with folks I call “healthcare enthusiasts” – people who are in the business of caring for patients every day. Being able to listen to them, to have conversations and understand their needs, is essential to my work.
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that the real value in bringing thousands of healthcare enthusiasts together is that they are able to share with each other.
This is, after all, a Premier core tenet – the idea of collaboration. The idea that a hospital on the East Coast can learn from a hospital on the West Coast, and vice versa. Or that they can meet directly with medical manufacturers to discuss new technologies and procedures that can improve patient care and safety.
And it’s called “Breakthroughs” for a reason, right? To inspire breakthrough ideas and innovations that our members can take home and start using immediately. To allow the best ideas to have life beyond their birthplace. To spread knowledge across the country. To be rewarded for ongoing commitment and improvement in our healthcare system.
I asked a couple of my colleagues what speaks to them most about Breakthroughs. Here’s what they had to say:
“My time is spent encouraging online collaboration of our members, so I enjoy the energy of having everyone together in a physical space for 4 intensive days of face-to-face conversations. It really brings our online discussions to life and deepens the connections we’ve made online.”
–Brian Morrow, director, PremierConnect™
“The business of caring is a familiar concept for people in healthcare. What’s special about this event is that we’re showing it begins in so many different ways. It starts with each individual’s contribution to healthcare, and grows from there. That’s what makes a collaborative effort so beautiful.”
–Chris Cardelli, creative director
While I’m not a nurse, a materials manager, a quality analyst, a pharmacist or an infection preventionist, I, too, am in the business of caring. I fortunately get to work with the most passionate, driven, caring people of my career. One of the greatest rewards is to truly see that our collective work, even if only in a small way, is having a positive impact on the front line of healthcare.