Sunday, May 23, 2010

Triathlons and The Hospital Experience...Getting Your Transition Times Reduced

(tr-thln, -ln)
An athletic contest in which participants compete without stopping in three successive events, usually long-distance swimming, bicycling, and running (
This past Sunday, St. Joseph Medical Center served as the official medical partner for the Kansas City Triathlon at Longview Lake (KCTri).

We had a great turnout of staff assisting and participating in the event:
From our Emergency Department: Barb S. (and her sisters) and Laurie S. From our Rehab Department: Jenn L., Stephanie B. and Christy R. Jenn let me know they would have a relay team next year including Stephanie B. and Christy - your committed now :)
Some of out physicians included: Drs. B. Brodine (Cardiologist), D. Dunker Cardiologist), P. Donnelly (Opthalmologist) and L. Wilson (Radiology).
Both Drs. Wilson and Donnelly finished 1st in their age division along with 7th and 17th place overall respectively. Dr. Brodine finished 3rd in his age division - just amazing.
It was my first triathlon (outside of a mini one I did a few months back) and it felt least at the finish line!
Triathlons and hospital exeriences are similar in some ways:

Both focus on some core essentials...
- The triathlon has a focus on swimming, biking and running along with a waiting period before the swim and two transition points after the swim and bike.

- A hospital visit may consist of a trip to the emergency department followed by surgery followed by an inpatient admission. It may include a wait at the start along with two transition points...waiting/prepping to go to surgery and waiting/prepping to get to an inpatient unit after surgery.
Both scenarios improve their outomes with shorter waiting at the start and reduced transition periods. And for me, at least, the swim felt like an emergency visit!
Lindsay A., with our Quality & PI Department is in the process of working with a team to better define the entire patient experience along with key 'transition' points. This visual should further everyone's understanding of the expected patient experience and outcomes.
Enjoy some pictures taken by Laurie (note: The canned beverages were not consumed while working the Emergency & Rehab tent).
Special Thanks to those
who put on the KC Triathlon - well organized and many, many hours of preparation to keep us all safe.
Ryan Robinson
Race Director

Sandy Cohen
Marketing and Sponsorship

Mark Neace

Jim Caskey

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