Partnerships are a way of life. Partnerships permeate all levels of society from the family and neighborhood to business and community and beyond. Partnerships are prevalent because they work.
One of the major challenges faced by today’s healthcare system is its inherent hierarchical structure; a structure in which the patient often finds themselves at bottom of the flowchart. Much of what is occurring at the legislative level is designed to turn this approach upside down; an approach that even moves beyond the healthcare “team” concept. Team still connotes captain, coach, owner and competitor, often putting those tasked with patient care at odds with one another, if not personally at least structurally. The emerging model is partnership. Many forward-thinking institutions are already incorporating this model. Like Arthur and his knights each discipline finds a place at the patient’s round table. Each partner respected for their professional contribution, with only one shared goal: the patient’s health and well-being. I leave you with the words of Henry Ford; “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”