A Hospital Chief's Auld Lang Syne for 2013
We'll check our quality scores this year and be acute care heroes
We'll learn from all our past mistakes, and clip our flaws to zeros.
We said acute care hospital tasks are tough, and bad things sometimes happen
Patients have so many things wrong, and also, they never listen!
We didn't think to reduce our waste or mind every single nickel,
And that may be why we now find ourselves in this brutal fiscal pickle.
We'll jump our quality scores this year and be acute care heroes
We'll learn from all our past mistakes, and reduce our errors to zeros.
But heaven forbid our errors past not all be just for naught,
In 2013 we'll improve ourselves, and from all our mistakes be taught.
No matter how we measure quality for any type of care
Atop any list of Who's the Best for 2013, our names will soon be there.
Let old mistakes stay old, but not forgot.
Happy New Year.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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