“Remember that what gets talked about and how it gets talked about determines what will happen. Or won’t happen. And that we succeed or fail, gradually then suddenly, one conversation at a time.” Susan Scott, Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today

 

By: Annamarie Fuchs, Creator. Partners in Health | Conversations.

October 15, 2020.

Hello and welcome to Partners in Health | Conversations!

I’ve been involved in healthcare for in some capacity for nearly 40 years.  During my high school years, I worked part time as a nursing attendant in a long-term care facility. Years later as a young mom and Registered Nurse I worked in the emergency department, ICU, oncology, and palliative care. For the last 11 years, my role as a healthcare consultant and board member has allowed me to continue contributing to the system I have grown to understand in new ways and with new eyes, and for the most part, respect. In all those years and with the places my career has taken me, one ingredient has remained unchanged. Whether as a nursing attendant, volunteer, a registered nurse, an organizational leader or a management consultant, the rich conversations I’ve been privileged to participate in have provided me with a unique and invaluable perspective about the complexity of the health systems we rely on. Hundreds and possibly thousands of conversations have offered insights into how the system should work, could work, and perhaps more importantly, how it shouldn’t work! And, because many of those conversations have been largely left unheard by decision makers, I’ve decided that it’s time to change that.

I have had the privilege of working alongside physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in clinical settings, leaders and executives, researchers, regulators, academics, politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders, and more. Partners in Health | Conversations will allow me to offer a platform to discuss and document important conversations and share those with all of you. I believe that together we can strengthen our collective knowledge about the system and participate in transformative change by sharing critical insights that have yet to be heard.

Each Thursday evening, I hope to share personal opinions and experiences by posting in “Reflections.” Readers will have the opportunity to comment which will allow us to continue the conversation. Once or twice a month, “articles” offering a deeper dive into issues of interest, concern, or urgency will be added. “Conversations” will offer direct interviews with health care leaders, influencers, providers, and recipients. Regardless, there are ample opportunities to explore topics of interest with us.

So again, welcome. I look forward to sharing with and learning from each of you. Here we go!

 

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