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Worth Every Penny - January 2021 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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10 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 Ideas Work That L ast year was obviously challenging for our surgery center. The staff was physically and emotionally exhausted from working in one of COVID-19's first national hot spots, and sorely needed the annual holiday dinner to regroup and celebrate something. When our governor recently added statewide restrictions on social gatherings, our staff's disappointment was palpable. I over- heard the whispered conversations in the hallways: "Yet another letdown. 2020 stinks. We just can't catch a break." A lightbulb went off in my head: We have ties to many local businesses that are strug- gling through the pandemic. Why not help us both by ordering food from area restaurants for the staff? The surgeons loved the idea and agreed to sponsor it. We asked staff for their favorite dishes from nearby eateries, and had several individually packaged meals delivered throughout December during a socially distanced, month-long celebration. Even though the holidays have passed, you can still order occasional treats from local restaurants to boost staff morale as well as the local economy. Carmen M. Wilson Proliance Eastside AUA Surgery Center Kirkland, Wash. c.wilson@proliancesurgeons.com HOLIDAY SPIRIT Add Some Local Flavor to Staff Celebrations GOOD EATS Jim Pritchett, MD, was one of the surgeons who sponsored staff meals at Proliance Eastside Surgery Center. Proliance Eastside AUA Surgery Center

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