August 25, 2011 Leave a comment
I’m writing this on the plane again. That seems to be happening a lot lately. Maybe a new trend? I should really get better at posting during the week… hopefully I’ll be able to get into a groove/pattern with my travel and make that start happening.
Last weekend was great. I was able to explore areas of St. Louis that I had really wanted to see. Friday night I went out with some friends around Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis. I found some great places and a club and was able to enjoy music and dance – I was really looking for that. Saturday night I explored the Delmar Loop at night with some friends. It wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped, but still nice. Sunday I played disc golf with a friend at a part nearby, which was a lot of fun. I definitely have room for improvement though.
I spent the week working in Baton Rouge, LA. I like the office there and have now met the Louisiana Healthcare Connections staff, with the exception of some consultants and contractors. I definitely have a lot to learn still but things are beginning to make sense and fit together. My projects are expanding and I am starting to talk to providers on the phone – although if they ask me questions, I still often don’t know the answers. That will come though.
This healthcare business is extremely complicated. There are so many moving parts and I am glad to be able to see what that looks like “on the front line” – i.e. in the field.
It seems though that many providers are missing what many today to be standard pieces of a business – most specifically email. I have also been told by some that they do not have email at home or work. My worldview is certainly challenged by this and I need to make sure that I understand context and culture to effectively serve the people with whom I am working.
I’m a bit surprised to say this, but so far I actually like Baton Rouge. People are just incredibly friendly. Even people at bus stops say hello as you walk by! I stood at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center. I was a big fan, mainly because of the people. It did have free internet and bottled water, which was nice though. If I am there for a while, I hope to explore the city somewhat, even though I also kind of like spending time in the hotel.
I still need to convince myself to go to bed earlier. I wish I wasn’t tired so much. This week was better, but I need to get better about that. I also need to start going to the gym.
Tonight, I am going to the baseball game. I won tickets from Centene! I am little worried that I will miss picking them up though because my flight is late. Hopefully it works out!