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with Democratic Representative
Pamela Delissio. Both legislators,
representing differing parties,
created a bill that would eliminate
redundant hospital accreditation
procedures. Hospitals that met
national licensing requirements
would no longer have to repeat the
process for state-level accreditation,
saving hospitals time and money.
A bill that failed to be passed for
30 years, Representatives Cutler
and Delissio "...started big with the end goal in mind and
then distilled it down," commented Representative Cutler.
"We assessed the desired solution and selected bipartisan
supporters, then convened stakeholders to learn about
their needs and potential impact of the legislation, and
then focused on the end goal which was to streamline the
LESSONS LEARNED ALONG THE WAY
"A surprising lesson is that you can go further to meet people
in compromise than you think you can," stated
Dr. Teague. "The world doesn't end. In fact, I've found the
long-view objectives can actually be advanced with this
approach. But in the process [mentioned previously] we had
to be disciplined enough to keep our emotions in check and
not let being right become the ultimate win."
As Dr. Teague shared, through compromise "hundreds of
adult students are enrolled in the program." Many of these
students are also part of our local workforce, getting the
skills and knowledge needed to play an even greater role
in their workplace and community, and because of this
program and focusing on the end goal, the individual,
College and workforce won.
Representative Cutler learned that you need to be willing to
understand the other side and seek it out - being proactive;
communicate and be transparent; give and take and be
willing to sit down and be honest; and think through all of
the scenarios before reacting.
As a result of political compromise, Representatives Cutler
and Delissio helped save on resources, improved the quality
of patient care and updated government.