Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
The older I get, the more I understand the power of relationships. Whether it’s our families, our colleagues, or our friends, relationships are really what help us get through our days. We at Highland are blessed to have relationships that help our patients, but also help each one of us.
For instance, this week I received a call from a former colleague who has a family member in need of mental health care. I was able to hook them up with our team to get the right care. I received an email from someone else who knows Highland through one of our board members and we helped to get access to addiction treatment for them. I am not the only person who gets these calls–this is what we do at Highland every day.
But the relationships also work in the opposite direction too. We have a sick family member who had a severe injury while on vacation in another state. It became obvious to us that we needed to transport her to Charleston for care. Through professional relationships developed while I have been at Highland, we were able to accomplish this flawlessly. A colleague connected us with air medical transport. One of my case managers also provided me with information about long distance ground transportation because he has developed that relationship during his work at Highland. And the help of these colleagues didn’t end there; they’ve checked in on us and made sure we’ve had all that we need.
In this world where we seem so divided, it’s important for all of us to take a step back and remember that we all need each other. It’s our interconnectedness that helps us to survive and thrive. Our mental health depends on it.