by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | April 04, 2017
From the April 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
For this month’s installment of Hospital Spotlight, we spoke with Dana N. Bledsoe, president of Nemours Children’s Hospital Orlando to learn about the unique challenges medical professionals face and the special focus they have when caring for young patients.
HCB News: What inspired you to get involved in health care?
My first experience in the health care field occurred in high school. I was a nurse’s aide in a local nursing home. From there, I went on to nursing school and during my pediatric rotation I was inspired by a 3-yearold. There was a situation where her family couldn’t be with her and when she was being discharged, she looked up at her mom and told her she had named the stuffed animal she had with her “Dana.” It was over. I was hooked. Looking back, I don’t know if I realized the impact that you can have on a child or a family at their most vulnerable time, but I appreciate it now.
HCB News: How long have you been with Nemours?
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Two years in June that I have been an employee and I’ve worked with Nemours for a number of years prior to that.
HCB News: What attracted you to a job there?
Without a doubt, it was the extraordinary people with both talent and passion. It’s also the culture of excellence and the commitment to deliver an extraordinary experience to patients and their families.
HCB News: What type of management style is practiced there?
It’s largely participatory with an entrepreneurial spirit that comes with a new organization. It’s part of envisioning how everything comes together to serve our patients.
HCB News: What do you think attracts other employees?
I think in addition to the people and culture, there’s excitement about having the opportunity to build new programs from the ground up. It’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
HCB News: Why do patients and their families choose you?
One of the things patients and families tell us is the experience they have here. That goes back to the culture. We’re committed, without fail, to partnering with the families to make them part of the care team. The outcome of that commitment is reflected in our Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence award for maintaining a 95th percentile rating in patient experience.
HCB News: How did the implementation of the ACA impact your facility and are the current questions surrounding the ACA causing problems or concern?
I would say it’s a volatile time in health care. We’re all in a situation where we need to be part of the solution to shape what the future looks like, but no one has the answers right now. We also look to partner with our government to figure out solutions. Since our patients are too young to vote, we have to be their advocates. It’s important to ensure they don’t experience a deterioration of access to care.