President’s Message from George W. Greene
This week we celebrate two important observances: National Nurses Week, May 6–12, and National Hospital Week, May 8–14. Our beloved nurses and hospitals have always been a source of hope and care, but perhaps never more so than these past couple of years. Our hospitals were confronted with the biggest health crisis in generations and never wavered in their commitment to their communities — and as we emerge from the pandemic, their teams continue to navigate us to better health. The dedication and courage of our nurses and caregivers is inspiring and they deserve our continued gratitude.
To recognize our hospitals and their teams, HASC developed a series of videos to share on its social media channels. These clips feature staff throughout the region sharing why their hospitals are vital to their communities. We’re all aware that our hospitals are the cornerstones of caring, and this project further reminds our communities why we entrust their professionals with our health and well-being. On behalf of HASC, thank you for all you do.
As we continue on the path to brighter days, we’re reminded that the impacts of the pandemic are still very present. Most recently, our hospitals have encountered shortages of imaging contrast media. COVID-19 shutdowns in Shanghai, China, have caused a global shortage of intravenous iodine-based contrast used in imaging procedures like enhanced X-rays, CT scans and MRIs. This issue is anticipated to continue in the coming months; however, our frequent calls with hospital executives, public health officials and EMS leaders will continue to serve as a forum for discussing conservation strategies and sharing best practices while supplies come back online.
Finally, I’d like to share that last week, the HASC Board met for our first in-person meeting in two years. It was wonderful to participate in face-to-face dialogue once again with the region’s top health care leaders and discuss the future of health care in Southern California. While our attention has been laser focused on the pandemic, it’s refreshing to convene and have strategic conversations about how we can move forward together and enhance care in the region.
Take care and stay safe.
George W. Greene, Esq.