A Message from our Strategy Champion, Vincent Johnson
Progress on our Strategic Plan
It is with great pleasure that I share an update with you as we continue the progress on our Strategic Plan goals for 2011-2016.
I co-chair, along with Dr. Ken Kizer, the work group on Goal # 2 – Social Responsibility and Leadership. Specifically, our group is addressing “Strategy 2.4,” which is to demonstrate value to the communities we serve.
When I round on the units and spend time at different parts of the health system, I am continually impressed by all of the many things we all do to improve lives and make a difference in our community. Our work group’s job is to raise the awareness of the activities undertake to make a difference.
Every day, we are engaged to help our patients, our staff and the community. In the last three months, individuals from across the health system contributed their time and talent to raise funds and volunteer on behalf of the Annual Sacramento Heart Walk, brain injury prevention and the American Cancer Society, just to name a few.
One of our longstanding and pivotal connections to the community is the SOS program, which consists of employees who generously volunteer to serve several organizations that help others in the Sacramento region, such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Ronald McDonald House, St. John’s Women’s and Children’s Shelter, and WEAVE, Inc., which caters to the underserved population of women and children in the city of Sacramento.
We recently hosted an employee recognition luncheon to recognize staff from all areas of the health system who give financial donations to support health system programs, units and services. Among those benefiting from employee donations are the Comprehensive Cancer Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Children’s Miracle Network and many other wonderful causes.
Another undertaking that the Strategic Plan work groups are championing and promoting is in the area of green technology and sustainability. Green advocates are being identified throughout our health system to promote and add to the work we have done to be good stewards of our environment. For example, we now utilize bio-degradable disposable tableware and eating utensils in our cafeterias.
We also are switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs and recyclable products. We highly value the ideas of our staff for recycling tools and medical supplies used for surgeries and other patient care.
We are in active discussions with an organization to begin a farmers market on the Sacramento campus in the spring of 2013. This initiative will directly provide access to healthy food for staff, patients, their families and the local community.
As part of its ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the Parking Services department, in partnership with the Sacramento Transportation Management Association, recently sponsored a "Try Transit for a Day" campaign. Regional Transit offered free all-day public transit passes to employees, with the hope that some employees will elect to ride the transit more often when they commute to and/or from work. This campaign supports goal 7.5 of UC Davis Health System's Strategic Plan: Environmental Stewardship.
We believe that by focusing on sustainability and service, not only will we motivate and encourage people to get more involved, but we will be able to share and tell our stories with the greater Sacramento community.
We do great things every day. I hope you will share your stories, so they will inspire others and help the community and the health system as we aspire to reach our goals in social responsibility and leadership.
Chief Operating Officer
UC Davis Medical Center