For the past several days, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the American healthcare worker do their job on an up close and personal basis. Being the first of the baby boom generation, as much as I try to stay healthy, there is a certain degree of inevitable bodily deterioration that comes with the territory. Thus, having just endured a complete hip replacement — certainly not the most exciting event in the world — I was bound and determined to keep a clear mind and a watchful eye on the medical staff. Since my last significant medical ordeal five years ago when I had two kidney stones surgically removed, I was very anxious to see if the overall medical center experience had changed. I must admit, I was fully prepared to report that the skill level of the medical staff had declined. I also anticipated a decreased level of patient care — with such a reduction in the quality of patient treatment that it would actually justify medical jobs being replaced by machines and foreign workers. Yet, my initial expectations were proven to be entirely erroneous.
Having just witnessed a very proud announcement by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer regarding the number of Microsoft jobs being created in Beijing, and also recently viewing GE’s Jeff Immelt proudly proclaiming the benefits to the American stockholder concerning the increased medical equipment being manufactured in China, I vividly recalled the latest conversation that I had with my friend and neighbor, Senator John McCain (R-AZ). In our discussion, McCain was relentless as he forcefully criticized the work ethic of the American labor force. Needless to say, my frustration is unlimited regarding McCain’s attitude toward the American worker, as the outstanding care and service that I received at a small medical center —Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood Arizona— knows no peers. I’m certain the success at Cottonwood is due to its leadership, and, if allowed, it could be reflective of our entire country. The American worker knows their job, they’re always ready to perform, they care, and they’re good. Thus, put them back to work. In athletics, that kind of team would produce continuous championship seasons.
It’s unquestioned that the skill level of medical personnel has certainly not deteriorated, and the caring aspect has definitely increased, yet the American workforce remains completely untapped. So, what’s holding us back? It’s very clear. You can blame it on so-called governmental leadership and regulation. After four days of being poked, prodded, awakened, tested, and greatly cared for, my enthusiasm for the American worker has surely not diminished — much to the chagrin of the mainstream media and the career politicians who would have you believe otherwise regarding U.S. workers.
Cottonwood should be viewed as being the ultimate microcosm for the United States, in fact, it would be a standard-bearer for the rest of the world if our current leaders could only understand that the American patient and the American consumer is still best served by the American worker.
I’d like to express my utmost gratitude to the entire staff at the Cottonwood Medical Center for a job well done — I shall return to the golf course soon!
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