Blessing for Epic training

Vice President of Mission Mark Dickson offered a blessing on Wednesday for the Epic training that starts Monday.

All ambulatory and acute care teammates using Epic will go through training at the RSF Office Park in the coming weeks and months. Epic is a key part of our modernize the technology initiative in Roper St. Francis Healthcare 2030, our new strategic plan.

Jared Houck, chief nursing informatics officer, told the Epic trainers gathered in one of the Office Park rooms that he wanted Dickson to set the tone for what was to come.

“I truly believe you’re doing God’s work,” Houck said. “Even though we’re a couple levels away from the patient, your work directly affects patient care. I know this (Epic) implementation will improve our patients’ experience and their interactions with Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Your work will help everyone continue to provide the excellent care that we’re known for.”

Dickson described the moment as a great honor and recalled an insight an engineer shared with him early in his career. The engineer said, “we need the best facilities and technology in order to fulfill our mission,” and that makes a lot of sense but is not often acknowledged, Dickson said.

He offered a blessing for the technical installation as well as those using it, including trainers and trainees.

“Let us pray – through human works and the invention of human genius, we must recognize the continuing activity of God, the creator. Rightfully, we offer praise to God with grateful hearts and call on God with confidence as we pray. …

Eternal God, you continually give us your Holy Spirit. Grant that we may cooperate with that same spirit for the renewal of the face of the Earth, not merely through technology but through justice and charity. For this we pray, Lord hear our prayer.

You know what lies in our hearts, grant that a desire for what is good and right will guide our use and then use scientific knowledge. …

Blessed are you, Lord our God, and worthy of all praise, for you have provided for the perfecting of your creation through human labor and intelligence and you show your own power and goodness in the inventions of the human race.

Grant that all who will use this equipment to improve the lives entrusted to us may recognize that you are wonderful in your works and may learn to carry out your will more readily.

Bless all of those who will work and train here, bless them and their loved ones with health and happiness always. And may God from whom every good gift comes, make his countenance to shine upon us and guide us into the way of peace.”

Dickson closed the blessing by singing the traditional Irish blessing:

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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