Louisville VA Medical Center
'I CARE' at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center
I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a very exciting initiative recently implemented by Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki.
Throughout its history, VA's dedicated and professional workforce has always demonstrated a strong commitment to Veterans and exhibited many worthwhile values aimed at providing the best-possible services, care and support to Veterans, family members, and other beneficiaries.
Up until now, there has not been one set of Core Values and Characteristics that applied to all VA employees.
VA has recently adopted a set of Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The VA Core Values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence (I CARE) define who we are. The Characteristics: Trustworthy, Accessible, Quality, Innovative, Agile, and Integrated are what we stand for and help guide our day-to-day decisions.
Together they serve as a foundation and common bond between every VA employee.
Over the past few months, all Robley Rex VAMC employees have received training on the “I CARE” Core Values and Characteristics. We have added “I CARE” training to New Employee Orientation and continue to incorporate “I CARE” into our daily activities, meetings and events.
We are proud to say that the Robley Rex VAMC doesn’t have to dig too deeply to see how these values and characteristics already align with who we are and what we do. Our Integrated Ethics program, for example, is one way we ensure that we “walk the talk;” while our Magnet Journey demonstrates our commitment to creating a more patient-centered environment. We have a robust Civility, Respect, and Engagement in the Workplace (CREW) program, and our Systems Redesign program helps us continually improve and create an environment of excellence for our Veterans and for our employees. We are recognized as leaders in healthcare, both within VHA and state health care organizations. We are a three-time recipient of the VHA Secretary’s Robert W. Carey Award, VA’s highest award for quality; the Kentucky Award for Performance Excellence; and the 2011 Kentucky Psychological Association, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
As illustrated above, The VA Core Values and Characteristics are more than just words at the Robley Rex VAMC. Technology, systems, processes, and other resources all have a role to play, but it is the “I CARE” attitude demonstrated by our employees that really makes the difference. That’s one reason I am so proud to be a part of the Robley Rex VAMC family.
I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our staff for their dedicated support of our nation’s Veterans and the Robley Rex VAMC. Working together, we can ensure the men and women who served in uniform receive the care and benefits they so rightfully deserve.
Wayne L. Pfeffer, MHSA, FACHE
Medical Center Director