Paul Solman, on PBS' Newshour with Jim Lehrer, provided a view tonight of recent activities at a musical instrument company in Elkhart, Indiana, and at BIDMC, emphasizing the participation by a wide range of staff members in efforts to avoid layoffs and protect lower wage workers. Here's a more detailed discussion on Paul's Business Desk site.
Those of you following this blog have seen lots of details on this already, but I thought you would be interested in a few aspects of that participation.
After I sent out my first budget message and held town meetings with what must have been 2000 employees, I received about 2700 suggestions and comments in form of direct emails, Facebook messages, and comments on the chat room we had set up. (For context, remember that we have about 6400 full-time equivalent employees and about 800 doctors who work here.)
After I sent out the second message, outlining ideas that I was tentatively thinking of adopting, I received another 800 messages and chat room suggestions. And, after I sent out the final message with our detailed budget plan, I received about 100 comments.
I do not yet have the final numbers of how many generous doctors and other staff have sent in donations, but it is already several dozen, offering tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to save more jobs.