As TAMC President and CEO Sylvia Getman speaks to employees at a morning briefing, you can hear and feel her passion for healthcare. A passion she brought to TAMC three years ago, and a passion she’s now being recognized for. Getman was selected by Mainebiz Magazine as a key person shaping the future of Maine’s economy. An award that she says doesn’t reflect so much on her, but the hard workers at TAMC, and the place we live.
“There’s a lot of things happening in the county, and we don’t always get that highlighted across the state so to me it was a great opportunity to showcase the good work that is happening here,” she says.
The article highlights Getman’s work “guiding a rural health care system during a time of rapid change.” Getman says the big challenges for the hospital are funding — the shift in the way the hospital gets paid to provide healthcare – and the uncertainty of working in a profession that’s constantly speculated about in the news.
“I really don’t think of it as challenges as much as opportunities,” Getman says. “It’s such a dynamic and interesting time to be part of healthcare in that we can really step up and change how we healthcare going forward and to me that’s a privilege to be a part of that.”
Getman came to TAMC in August of 2010 with an extensive medical background. She’s not a Mainer – but says she got here as quickly as she could..and says she was working in Iowa when she fell in love with rural healthcare and knew she’d stick with it for the rest of her career.
Getman says, “being wrapped around with care in a very different way and I thought this I want to learn more about and I think that’s where I got a passion for rural healthcare because we can care differently and that difference is important.”
Going forward in her leadership of one of Aroostook County’s biggest employers – Getman says it’s not about progressing so much as continuing the work that’s already been done…she’d like to see the hospital continue to become a greener organization, and see collaboration continue between not only county hospitals, but all healthcare organizations.
Getman says, “if we put every shoulder at the wheel you know what? We can move the wheel, and I think that’s going to be a great outcome of the challenges that we face.”