The patient comes to see me, the doctor.
The patient doesn’t come to see the assistant.
Or the nurse.
Or the CMO. CNO. CEO.
They come to see me, the doctor.
The patient seeks care.
To feel better. To get that part working again.
To know what is going to happen.
I, the doctor, can examine.
I, the doctor, can diagnose.
I, the doctor, can write an order.
But then what?
If I am alone.
The assistant welcomes and readies.
The nurse monitors vital information. Medicates.
Advocates and listens.
The CEO. CNO. CMO.
They see the system. They see the limits.
They grow the opportunity.
I am not alone.
Without others. My order. A silenced suggestion.
My exam. A momentary thought.
My diagnosis. Only that.
I can see patient after patient.
Look down and look forward.
As if I am alone.
As if the hospital is built around me, the doctor.
Or I can look left. Look right. Diagonally.
And see what I am a part of.
I see an office, a hospital, a system built around the patient.
And I can make it better.
Me. The doctor.