TAMC furlough town halls answer employees’ questions

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (left), commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, answers questions from Tripler staff regarding furloughs during a town hall meeting in Kyser Auditorium, July 25.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle (left), commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, answers questions from Tripler staff regarding furloughs during a town hall meeting in Kyser Auditorium, July 25.

Sondra Brown
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Two town halls were held in Kyser Auditorium, July 25, to allow staff an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns regarding the sequestration furlough.

Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, hosted both town halls.

He thanked the staff for taking the time to discuss the furlough impact, and for their continued quality of work during this “stressful time.” Additionally, he assured staff that he does “not expect you to do more with less. I prefer to do fewer things better. World-class health care of our beneficiaries is our absolute priority. We are all in this together.”

Doyle expressed the need to codify any efficiencies gained now and to continue to look for organizational change that best supports the mission, the staff and their beneficiaries, and he urged the staff to share ideas and best practices with the appropriate leadership. He discouraged venting furlough frustration via email and additional communication.

“Engage your leaders with your questions, concerns and, most importantly, with your good ideas,” said Doyle.

The general concluded his opening comments by encouraging staff to continue to take care of one another, and asked for continued support and exemplary professionalism during this time of uncertainty.

He noted his intent to hold monthly town hall meetings throughout the duration of the furlough before opening up for questions from the staff.

Questions from attendees focused on the duration of the furlough, because the DOD may be under sequestration for another 10 years, and how the hospital plans to fill vacant positions.

Doyle acknowledged that the furlough has caused valuable staff to leave TAMC and stated that it is a personal decision for each staff member.

Employees also inquired about how many hours of furlough are mandated; the answer was eight hours per week, during a period of 11 weeks, totaling 88 hours.

Staff members also took the time to praise those who are not furloughed and have taken on extra responsibilities since the beginning of sequestration. Doyle said that such efforts during the first two weeks of furlough allowed Tripler to avoid “a significant decrease in productivity or an increase in referrals to the network.”

Patient satisfaction remains high and staff can continue to share ideas and concerns regarding the furlough in upcoming town hall meetings to be announced via the internal employee notification system.

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