Several other Puerto Rican leaders protested Puerto Ricans' exclusion from the MCCH
. "We believe that excluding the Puerto Ricans from that committee was unfair if you will take in consideration the great number of Puerto Ricans not only unemployed but antagonized with so much prejudice against them," wrote Antonio Rivera, Secretary of the Liga Puertorriquena e Hispana.
Although they may be skeptical about those return-on-investment figures, community hospital CIOs recognize they must invest in CPOE, says Donald Thieme, executive director of the MCCH
. "We can't allow for there to be a technology gap that affects quality between community and teaching hospitals, so we have to have CPOE," he says.
Prior to arriving in Grand Junction, Janet Cameron, M.S.W., the Marillac executive director, and I conducted a survey of Marillac providers, staff, administration, and MCCH psycho-therapists to determine a training curriculum.
All didactic sessions included medical, nursing, and mental health personnel from Marillac and the MCCH community.
Making periodic conjoint visits is a central part of the job description I created for my replacement at Marillac and for MCCH psychotherapists who will spend half their time at Marillac.