It’s hard to believe it’s only been six weeks since we opened our Incident Command Center and began managing the variety of issues related to COVID-19, including staffing, PPE, expanding our beds, reassuring our community and working to adjust all our care processes across our system. I’m sure you all feel the same way I do – the days and weeks are long, hard and unending.
And through all of it, we work to provide care to anxious patients, many of whom are experiencing serious illness and difficult social and economic situations. Please know that I am overwhelmingly grateful for the work that you are doing and the commitment to being there in this time of need.
I have asked the executive team and Directors of Service to make sure they are also contributing to the financial health of the organization, by taking PTO, unpaid furlough, waiving their PTO accrual or making a financial contribution through the foundation. I am proud to say that 100% of this leadership team is participating, giving back by making their own financial sacrifice for the greater good.
We have asked all of our leaders to adjust their staffing to help Denver Health manage through the financial impact of this pandemic. We are committed to making sure we pay our staff for the work they are doing. But there are many staff who are currently unable to work their normal work hours. In these cases, staff need to take PTO or unpaid furlough/low census. These later choices, in particular, can be difficult, but are necessary if we are going to maintain the financial viability of our organization.
This is a tough time for all of us. The economy is going to take a long time to recover and many of our friends, family members and neighbors have lost their jobs. By working together, with common purpose and sacrifice, I have faith that Denver Health will emerge from this crisis even stronger and more determined to live up to our true north and our values.
Thank you for all that you do.
Robin D. Wittenstein, EdD, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer