I’m constantly amazed by the size and scope of our organization. Whenever it feels like I’m beginning to grasp all of our academic health center’s intricacies, something inevitably arises to show me how much more there is to learn.
When I became News+Notes editor three-plus years ago, one of my goals was to shine light on as many areas of UF Health as possible. To that end, we’ve introduced many new features. We cover patient journey stories — walking readers through how patients interact with various individuals and health care teams to receive specialized care. We also offer department profiles, like the one featuring the HomeCare division and its many services on page 8 in this edition. I quickly realized that it would likely take decades to include every team in News+Notes, but that won’t stop us from trying!
Of course, highlighting our teams is only the tip of the iceberg. There are countless stories about how our employees are improving the lives of our patients and of their colleagues — and there are always newsworthy success stories, projects, technologies and research findings that are strengthening our organization.
While it’s impossible to feature everyone and everything in a newsletter that’s published nine times a year, we’re doing our best. And you can help: We’re always looking for story ideas, so please let us know about the great work going on in your area.
In recent years, we’ve also changed the format of UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez’s column on page 3. While I always have questions ready for Ed, he’s much more interested in answering yours, so please send them in. Depending on the topic, some questions will be answered in Ed’s newsletter column, while he may prefer to respond to others with a personal email.
In this edition, read about our recent Milestones Service Awards banquet, which honors long-term employees — some have been with us 40-plus years. And stay tuned for future editions of News+Notes as we begin sharing more information about our new UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals opening in December!
News+Notes is distributed throughout UF Health Shands and UF Health Physicians and its recently redesigned website (news+notes.UFHealth.org) gets thousands of views each month. To submit a story idea or a question for Ed’s column, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.