Monday, October 18, 2010

Healthy Challenge Anyone?

Registration for the Boston Marathon began this morning and closed in 8 hours (yes,I am racing it again).

Last year, it took 2 months (approximately 1,400 hours) for the same amount of registrars. Technology and peoples' comfort with technology increases daily. Many people were hoping to race this fall in order to qualify for Boston next year. Looks like the game changed.

As we head into the fall and winter season, I open up a Boston Marathon challenge to all...

We are 6 months until Patriots' Day on Monday April 18, 2011.

Time to do a 360• on yourself and go 360 miles in preparation for Boston. That's 15 miles per week for the next 6 months - run, walk, bike and swim. Any way you can get there, just keep moving! Of course, we'll have a 26.2 mile challenge the week of the race and a special recognition for all those who complete any marathon through April 18th.

Send me your weekly mileage and race success stories (e.g., 5k, 10k, 1/2 and full marathons, triathlons, etc.). I will post updates on my blog including all competitors (I will not publish your last name unless you approve). Plan on fun giveaways as you hit your goals of at least 60 miles per month.

Let the healthy training for life challenge begin...

I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. I am completely sick of hearing about the marathons, the triathlons, and all of your races. If you would focus your energy on CH rather than on your races, things might be better.

  2. If anyone is interested in doing a half-marathon or marathon (walk or run) I highly suggest Leukemia and Lymphoma's Team in Training. I trained with them for the San Diego marathon and it has changed my life. I think this Healthy Challenge is great!
    Stefanie (St. Mary's ICU RN)

  3. Dear Anonymous: I appreciate the fact that you may be sick of the marathon, triathlon, race talk, etc. Certainly the blog is just this CEO's perspective and I do enjoy sharing some stories from outside work as I reflect on the hospital. Hence the for life.

    We are coming out with our year in review and I think you will be quite impressed with the progress we have made with SJMC and CH. Certainly,
    there is always lots of work to be done. Our collaborative efforts across the system have led to great improvements. Our associates, volunteers, physicians and community members should be proud of the progress made.

    Just to name a few things:

    The Joint Commission scored St. Joseph Medical Center in the top 30
    hospitals across Missouri and the nation in terms of quality and safety.

    St. Joseph became one of only 20 hospitals nationwide participating in the Project RED (Re-Engineered Hospital Discharge) intervention. The program educates patients about their treatments throughout their hospitalization and prepares them for discharge.

    Daily leadership safety huddles were implemented to review serious safety events, safety concerns, associate injuries and "Good Catches". Each department has their own safety huddle and a representative attends the daily leadership huddle. The safety issues are addressed at the leadership huddle with follow-up based on key priorities.

    St. Joseph was recognized by the Premier Inc., Healthcare Alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality in all clinical areas measured.

    St. Joseph was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for the second year in a row from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Only 294 hospitals in the U.S. earned this distinction.

    Outpatient Services Recognized by HealthStream Research St. Joseph’s Outpatient Services was recognized with an Excellence through Insight award for “Overall Patient Satisfaction in Outpatient Care” for the large hospital category by HealthStream Research. St. Joseph was one of three
    facilities in the large hospital category awarded this honor. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been a patient satisfaction-tracking client of HealthStream Research in 2009, scored in the 75th percentile or higher and surveyed a minimum of 100 patients. St. Joseph scored in the 85th percentile with an 86.6 percent overall satisfaction rate for
    outpatient services.