OW: How long have you been associated with Operation Walk – Freedom to Move and what is your roll in (or specialty you bring to) the organization?
SW: I have been a board member for the past 3 years but I have supported this team from the periphery for many years prior. I started working as a nurse practitioner at Prov St Vincent 16 years ago where I developed the total joint program for the hospital. I am acutely aware of the impact of having a cohesive team, streamlined communication and protocols can have on efficiency and quality of care. I now act as the volunteer coordinator and arrange shipping of equipment and medicines to and from the DR. Having a competent well-rounded team is essential in caring for patients. Each of our volunteers are hand picked with a focus on communication, skill, flexibility, creativity and must have a strong team work ethic. Our success in the DR is directly related to how our team works together to support each other in order to keep our patients safe and have the best outcome possible.