Many people approach their job as a way to pay the bills and to provide the resources to have a rich and fulfilling life. While they go through the motions and struggles to make the most of their jobs.
Working in the healthcare field in general is a job that has all the elements of a vocation that can in its self provide a rich and rewarding life. This is embodied in the atmosphere and culture here at Fleming County Hospital. Form my first day as a visitor (March 1998), I could feel it. I thought to myself this place is different.
I was greeted by people who were genuine and had a real concern for the well being of others. This trait was seen in most all the staff I came in contact with from the support staff, nursing staff, managers and to the CEO.
Over the past 10 years as an employee, I have worked side by side almost every employee in all departments. This attitude has only grown stronger because I see it in action and also have experienced it a s a patient. The people at FCH strive to do their best and in all things to do the “right thing” without being written or even stated, ‘the Golden Rule” is ingrained in each persons mind and heart.
Yes things aren’t always smooth or even go how we would like, but the caring and efforts are constants.
When people share a common goal to help, aid and support others that’s a place where good things happen more often. I like working at FCH but more importantly I feel that with all of us in all aspects of the day to day operation that we can make real difference to the patients, visitors, community and ourselves as members of the highest calling of those devoted to helping the sick.
I personally have seen this often in peoples lives I’ve come into contact here at FCH, heard it from friends and neighbors, and most vividly in the care I received as a critically ill patient myself.
In closing, I’d like to add that I am honored to work and live in a health care community that aspires to when possible to heal the sick, comfort the dying and support and aid all to make our world a better place for all.
When I started working at Fleming County Hospital 35 years ago (May 1974), I was so excited to leave nursing school behind and start my career as an RN. I lived in Maysville, KY at the time, but I chose to apply at FCH and started my long-term employment. I’m not really sure why I chose FCH except I did student training at Old Hayswood Hospital at the time and did not really enjoy that environment. I only knew two people at FCH- my nursing class friends Delores Bailey and Pat Atherton. But it did not take long to blend in to a “family” of co-workers---many now are deceased or retired. A few moved on—to newer pastures—but not always as they say “greener pastures”.
I do feel that bigger is not always better. As larger, more elaborate hospitals may seem wonderful- but at the same time- those hospitals seem cold. Impersonal to the patients and co-workers are only that! Not friends. Not people you would associate with after work hours and enjoy each others company.
So, I guess I like working at FCH with the friends I have made over the years-also called co-workers. I like smaller, more intimate surroundings. Plus some of the “clients” are friends and seem “like family”. I’m sure I will retire from FCH someday. FCH-like a “second home” to many of its employees.