Floyd Medical Center Straightforward

Straight to the Point Blog

Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO of Floyd Medical CenterKurt Stuenkel, Floyd President and CEO, tackles current issues facing Floyd and the health careindustry and addresses controversial and difficult-to-understand subjects that are often discussed in the community. The Straight to the Point blog also may feature guest contributors on occasion.

  • Learning to Live with Dying

    April 3, 2015

    Atul Guwande MD, has written a new book, Being Mortal. I have read some of Dr. Guwande’s articles and his Checklist Manifesto.  He is thought provoking. I had his latest on my reading list, but when my minister, Dr. Joel Snider Read More

  • So, How Have We Been Doing?

    March 4, 2015

    Here at Floyd we have been saying for a long time that we strive to be an “Employer of Choice” as well as the “Provider of Choice”. Read More

  • Vital Signs Strong at Floyd

    February 3, 2015

    I was recently invited to speak at the Exchange Club of Rome luncheon meeting. As I thought about my speech, I decided to present the Floyd system from a chamber of commerce view. In other words, what does the Floyd Read More

  • The Gift of Presence

    December 23, 2014

    On the CBS television show 60 Minutes, correspondent Anderson Cooper recently reflected upon his experience with “mindfulness.” Cooper was introduced to the concept from consultant Jon Kabat-Zinn who has worked with Google, and other Silicon Valley companies. “Mindfulness” is an Read More

  • Reflections on Love and Light

    December 4, 2014

    As we enter into the Advent portion of the Christmas season, this week we lighted the Heyman HospiceCare Love Light Tree that sits on top of Floyd Medical Center. Read More

  • A $7 Million Heart

    October 30, 2014

    Each year, Floyd employees are invited to make a donation to the United Way of Rome and Floyd County. It’s an approach that makes sense. Few people could impact that many lives individually, but together, our community truly makes a difference. Read More

  • Politics is Local. So is Health Care.

    October 6, 2014

    Staying abreast of what is happening in government is not something many of us think about every day, but it is increasingly important. More and more special interests hire professional lobbyists to work on their behalf, and Georgia’s hospitals, healthcare systems and networks have to be prepared to tell our side of the story. Read More

  • We’re Engaged!

    August 22, 2014

    Recently a company named Axial and Becker’s Hospital Review released a list of the Top 100 Best Hospitals in the United States for Patient Engagement. Floyd ranked 64th out of 3,077 hospitals in America. Read More

  • What If Aliens Saw Our Close Encounters?

    July 29, 2014

    Imagine that an alien comes to earth to observe health care in America. The alien surreptitiously plants himself in a hospital on a patient unit and observes. Dr. Abraham Verghese, an internist and faculty with Stanford University, observed that we are losing the art of the physical exam of seeing, touching, and talking to the patient, and spending too much time on computers. At Floyd we are earnestly trying to get the best of both worlds. Read More

  • It’s More About Homework Than Report Cards

    July 17, 2014

    Earlier this week U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of top hospitals. Floyd ranked well in this report, as the 15th best hospital in Georgia and a Top Performing hospital in orthopedics. Read More