16Mar

#TeamAcuity – When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I love my job as a Clinical Liaison.

My name is Rick Bain RRT, BS and I am proud to say that I have been a part of #TeamAcuity since April of 2006. I work out of Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley as a Clinical Liaison. I was fortunate enough to have this position after serving as a staff Respiratory Therapist at Acuity for a little over 11 years. I graduated from Jefferson Technical College with an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1993. In 2003 I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Liberty State College.

As a Clinical Liaison my duties are to establish and maintain the relationship between referring hospitals and Acuity Specialty Hospital, establish and explain patient’s eligibility of care, assess patients prior to their acceptance into our facility, coordinate with the referring healthcare staff to ensure that each patient has a smooth transition from their facility into ours, and market our facility to bring awareness of #TeamAcuity’s strengths and services to our community at large.

Prior to arriving at Acuity Specialty Hospital in 2006 I had worked in Respiratory Care in a number of capacities. I had been a staff floor therapist for several years, a department director at a small local hospital, an administrator for a sleep lab company, and a clinical coordinator for another larger facility. The experience that I gained at all of those other jobs allowed me to join our magnificent team and contribute to the great care that our facility was able to provide to the residents of the Ohio Valley. The hard work and dedication to excellence of our staff at Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley has made us a staple of health care in our region.

There are several reasons that I love working for #TeamAcuity. Not the least of which is Acuity’s commitment to supporting the staff in their quest for professional improvement. Throughout my years of employment with ASH I’ve had a front row seat in the development of some great professional careers. I’ve seen Patient Care Technicians move on to becoming RN’s and CRNP’s. I’ve seen RN’s move on to get their MSN’s and MBA’s. And as I currently type this we are witnessing a housekeeper who had become an RT who is now moving on to become a physician. I’m not going to say that those achievements would not have been possible without Acuity but the support that Acuity had provided those upwardly mobile people had definitely helped my friends/coworkers achieve their goals.

Another reason that I’m very honored to work at #TeamAcuity is the closeness of our staff. We are as much a family as we are a hospital. I once read “At the end of the chess game the king and the pawn both go back into the same box.” This statement could not be more true than at Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley. Nobody is above or below anyone else in our facility. I’ve seen our CEO assist in patient care and I’ve seen our floor staff members assist in administrative duties. It is that type of ego free teamwork that has allowed our facility to flourish in our community.

There are many other reasons that I love my job with #TeamAcuity but the most important reason is LOVE itself. When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I love my job as a Clinical Liaison. I loved my position as a staff therapist. I love my coworkers. I love my boss’s. I love my patients. I honestly believe that I’m one of many employees who share that sentiment. If we didn’t love what we do then we wouldn’t be able to provide such great care to our patients. If we treated our profession as nothing more than just a job where we get a paycheck then we would be nothing more than a dismal failure as hospital and we would have gone out of business years ago. Love keeps our doors open.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings about #TeamAcuity. As my young daughters Elizabeth and Olivia grow up and decide on which professional road to follow I honestly hope that they decide to follow my, and my wonderful wife Lisa’s, path into health care. And if they were to be fortunate enough to work for #TeamAcuity then that would make me even more proud.