Paul Lutus, NASA engineer and referenced “Apple Writer” (known for being the first to create a successful word processing program for early Apple computers), said this about adaptability, “The most successful people are those who accept and adapt to constant change. This adaptability requires a degree of flexibility and humility most people can’t imagine.” We have many team members at Hugh Chatham who live by this concept. Congratulations to the team member at the center of this week’s Hugh Chatham Highlight, Vascular Access Nurse, Megan Beamer, who has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of our patients throughout the recent surge and with her leadership in opening our new Ambulatory Specialty Department.
Along with other infusion therapies, the Ambulatory Specialty Department provides monoclonal antibody treatment to high risk patients affected by the COVID-19 virus. This type of specialized care, delivered by Megan and her team, decreases the risk of COVID-19 patients developing worsening symptoms or being intubated.
Amanda Green, LPN, who was hired by Megan, remembers her first encounter very clearly. “When I joined Pre-Op, Megan was so family-oriented and personable. She made me feel right at home, and a part of the Hugh Chatham team.” Jan Dinkins, the Clinical Case Coordinator for Surgical Services, quotes, “Megan is a go-getter! She is doing a wonderful job with her new department.” Kim Welborn, Director of Surgical Services, continues by saying, “Megan continues to ‘rock it out’ as a nurse leader at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.”
Although small in number, Megan’s Ambulatory Specialty Department team has implemented valuable change by understanding the needs of our community and rapidly responding by introducing a service line to meet those needs. With every patient encounter, this team exemplifies the Hugh Chatham Way through Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Safe Care (STARS).
Thank you, Megan, for accepting the challenge and inspiring your team, and all of us, to do the same.