Vincentian’s mission and core values are the foundation of everything we do. They are the beliefs, philosophies, and principles that guide our decision making, and give us a purpose for coming to work every day. Let us take a closer look at our value of collaboration.
Collaboration is working together in a spirit of cooperation toward a desired goal. Collaboration calls us to ask for appropriate input from persons affected by a given decision. It also requires an openness to working with other faith-based providers with similar values to improve services in the elderly and sick.
Putting the value of collaboration into practice, we:
- Work together as a team, helping each other when and where you can.
- Before initiating a project, procedure, or change, check with all staff who will be affected.
- All staff members are responsible to answer call bells. If needed, ask the appropriate staff member who can help the resident.
- All departments must respect the reasonable requests of the residents even when they come via other department personnel.
The Bible tells us in 1 Corithinians 12: “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but eh same God who produces all of them in everyone. To benefit, but one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as the Spirit wishes.”
Church Documents from Cardinal Joseph Bernadin tell us: “Today with the greater awareness of health care as a ministry of the entire Church…my basic thesis is that collaboration rather than competition will make the difference between survival and demise…Collaboration is implicit in Gospel values…Through collaborative efforts we can give witness that we are a living community based on a common faith, common values, and a common mission.”
St. Vincent de Paul said: “Proceed quietly, pray a great deal, and act together.”
St. Louise de Marillac taught: “Cordiality and mutual support are absolutely essential to all Christians.”