Embracing a new mission for Wilson Medical Center’s future

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Since 1964, Wilson Medical Center has proudly served the health care needs of people throughout Wilson County and surrounding communities. As part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, we are building upon this legacy and strengthening our hospital for the future.

We are fortunate that Duke LifePoint shares our commitment to improving the overall health and wellbeing of our communities, and ensuring that people here have access to quality care close to home. We consider it a privilege to serve as your local health care leader, and we are proud to be part of a company that is genuinely committed to such meaningful work.

To deepen our connection with Duke LifePoint and strengthen its culture within our walls, we have chosen to adopt a Mission, Vision and set of Guiding Principles (known as the “High Five”) that are consistent with our fellow Duke LifePoint Healthcare and LifePoint Health facilities. These important philosophies represent one of the reasons this organization is the right partner for Wilson Medical Center.

Our new mission is Making Communities Healthier. To achieve this mission, we will focus on our vision to create places where people choose to come for health care, physicians want to practice and employees want to work. We will also be guided by our High Five Guiding Principles:

• 1. Delivering high quality patient care;

• 2. Supporting physicians;

• 3. Creating excellent workplaces for our employees;

• 4. Taking a leadership role in our communities; and

• 5. Ensuring fiscal responsibility.

Finally, Duke LifePoint has articulated its commitment to us through the following promise to our community: Duke LifePoint promises to engage with our patients and people, lead quality innovation and advance knowledge to improve health in the communities we serve. We have felt this promise in meaningful ways, and our commitment to you is to keep you informed of how Duke LifePoint continues to deliver and support our hospital and community.

While our new Mission, Vision, High Five Guiding Principles and Duke LifePoint Promise may feature different words than our previous statements, they reflect the essence of Wilson Medical Center that has existed for more than 50 years, and are true to our legacy and our hopes for the future.

The next time you visit Wilson Medical Center, you may see posters and banners about our new Mission, Vision, High Five Guiding Principles and Duke LifePoint Promise. We want you to see how these concepts are being embraced by our hospital, so I encourage you to ask our employees, physicians and volunteers about how they are making communities healthier. I also invite you to join us as we continue to look for new ways to achieve this mission each day.

Bill Caldwell is chief executive officer of Wilson Medical Center.