The RBS holiday party was essentially a metaphor for 2015: we had plenty. As we filled our plates with squash casserole and sweet potatoes, I looked around the tables – four big round ones this year, each filled elbow-to-elbow with team members – and thought about just how much we’ve grown as a company. I am grateful for the many ways in which we’ve been given PLENTY in 2015:
We had plenty of challenges. At the beginning of the year, the implementation of new coding changes threw many providers and payers for a loop. The Sustainable Growth Rate went away, and ICD-10 finally became reality. I’m proud to say that Team RBS not only met these challenges head on, but succeeded in having several record-breaking months of collections this year!
We had plenty of good news. We celebrated the opening of our newest center, Northeastern Nevada Radiation Oncology Center in Elko, NV, and began bringing HOPE to patients in the northeastern Nevada area. Our centers in Alaska - Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center in Soldotna and Southeast Radiation Oncology Center in Juneau - continue our mission of bringing cancer care closer to home for patients and families in these underserved areas. Rick MacLean joined our team as our new Chief Financial Officer, and we added several talented new folks to our billing team.
We had plenty of gratitude. We were honored as one of the winners of the “Corporate Giving Award” by the Nashville Business Journal. We hosted our 6th annual Run for the Future to Benefit the Radiation Oncology Institute, and raised over $70,000 for the ROI. Our team members participated in many charity events such as the Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and other local fundraisers. Most recently, we had the chance to help out at one of our local elementary schools (making all of us just a little bit more grateful for the work that our teachers do!).
We had plenty of fun. We hosted our clients and friends, Dr. and Mrs. Will Wisbeck and Dr. and Mrs. Darren Little, of Northwest Washington Radiation Oncology Associates, for a weekend here in Nashville, and we enjoyed visiting with old and new friends in San Antonio at the ASTRO meeting. Here at home, our employee activities committee, the “ENCORE Team,” kept us busy with fitness challenges and contests all year long.
With so much on our plates, literally and figuratively, we can’t help but feel grateful. To all of our team members, clients, partners, vendors, and most of all, to our patients, we wish you a blessed holiday season, and all the best in 2016!