How One Man’s Family Influence Led Him To a Career in Healthcare Technology
I’ve been in the healthcare technology business since I was two.
That’s how old I was when my father, Jim Goldey, decided he wanted to be a doctor. A remarkable man with an equally remarkable wife, the two of them somehow managed to make it through three years of his undergraduate school, three more years of medical school, and one year of residency, all the while raising four children. We lived in the basement of an apartment building, where Mom did laundry and housekeeping for the tenants above us, and Dad was the apartment handyman. For these services they got a free “apartment”. Our lives revolved around each other and the pursuit of Dad’s medical education.
“He would leave to make house calls, often coming home after midnight.”
I was eight when we left Cincinnati for Dad’s residency year, and at the end of that year we moved to a small college town in southwestern Ohio, where Dad borrowed money to start a family medical practice. He carried a large black doctor’s bag and would come home for supper every evening and tell us stories of his patients at the dinner table. Then he would leave and make house calls, often coming home after midnight. He delivered over 1,000 babies in his medical career before our town got our first OB/GYN.
“He was passionate about eliminating inefficiency and looked for ways to update healthcare technology”
Dad left his family practice and went into emergency medicine when I was in middle school so he could spend more time with our family, and his commitment to medicine was extraordinary. He was our high school’s and our college’s sports team physician; he was Chief of Staff no less than four times at our local hospital; he served as the hospital’s Emergency Department Director for almost 25 years, where he founded the coronary care and family practice units; and he was always looking for innovative ways to ease the paper burden on his physician and nursing colleagues and efficient healthcare technology methods. He was really passionate about eliminating redundancy, inefficiency and wasted time, and he co-founded a healthcare technology company that developed early electronic patient logging systems for hospitals, prior to the healthcare technology systems we use as EHR systems today. He recognized then as I do now that better communication and efficiency help everyone involved in the continuum of patient care, especially the patients.
“This had a profound impact on me.”
Throughout his medical career he was equally passionate about communicating with his patients – making certain they understood their condition and encouraging them to ask questions and be involved in their care as a partnership effort. This had a profound impact on me all through my life and led me to pursue a career in healthcare technology.
“His search for knowledge paved the road for my career.”
Dad’s drive and never-ending search for knowledge definitely paved the road in my professional and personal life. I am quite certain were he still with us, he would be very excited to see what we’re doing in the field of patient-clinician communications and operational workflow efficiencies. With that deep influence in mind, here’s to all the hardworking physicians, nurses, clinical and administrative staff who share my Dad’s compassion, sense of responsibility for high-quality patient care, and commitment to their life’s work in healthcare and healthcare technology.
About the author:
Ron Goldey is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HCI, and proud son of Dr. Jim Goldey.