Almost a year ago I began working with the clinical and management staff at Rush Memorial Hospital. The hospital needed to replace an aging piece of medical equipment used for mammography and decided to investigate their options. Terry Aker, the Radiology Manager, and his staff set off to investigate their equipment options.
In March, 2012, Terry Aker, Randy Fields, MD, Jennifer Cupp and Deb Jones-Browning met me at the Indianapolis airport at 5 a.m. to travel with me to Connecticut to participate in a demonstration of our equipment. They all were on the road by 3:30 a.m. to meet me for a 6 a.m. flight and didn’t return home until after midnight the same day. When you spend the better part of a 24 hour day with people you quickly get to know them. I came to see what a professional and dedicated group these people were.
Over the years I have had the privilege to visit and work with some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities. I cannot recall another institution like Rush Hospital. The town of Rushville is incredibly lucky to have a healthcare facility of this caliber with it’s dedicated staff and commitment to the community. From Brad Smith, the CEO, Karen Meyers, CFO and all the way down to their maintenance staff, everyone associated with this facility is on an important and quiet mission. That mission is to make every single patient that walks through the door count. The demonstrated level of fiduciary responsibility to the Rushville community is unparalleled.
Rush Memorial Hospital decided in July to purchase FujiFilm’s most advanced mammography unit. The new mammography suite build-out and equipment installation occurred in September. On Wednesday, Oct. 3 I was asked to participate in the dedication ceremony of the new mammography suite. I have never been witness to a hospital that had such a grassroots level of community support. The people that attended the event were from every walk of life. People from the Rushville area that have been touched by breast cancer attended to show their support. The event was a wonderful success.
For those people working in today’s healthcare provider field life isn’t too different than running with the bulls in Spain. With the ever-changing healthcare landscape the people of Rushville can be assured that their hospital will be there for them in the years to come. Every citizen of Rushville has reason to be proud of their hospital. Rush Memorial Hospital is the “Little Hospital that could - and does.” FujiFilm Medical Systems and myself are honored to be part of the Rushville community.
Robert Meier, MSW
FujiFilm Medical Systems
Account Executive-Mid South Zone