April 1, 2014 marked the four-year anniversary of our four hospitals and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group coming together to form Saint Alphonsus Health System. As I reflect over these past years, I am proud of how we have matured into our new mission of being a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities. Through new services, enhanced facilities, and with all of us serving together, we are improving the quality and access for those we serve.
There is no doubt that we are being challenged by the many transitions in healthcare. As our industry is faced with the demand in how we operate and what we deliver, I am confident we are transforming in a positive way to meet the needs of our patients and communities. Our impressive successes and roll-out of a number of initiatives this past year is proof of that. To name a few, some of those of which I am most proud of include:
- The Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance—our clinically-integrated and physician-led network
- Improving the Health of our Populations—The Patient Centered Medical Home
- Service to our Communities—Meet Me Monday, GoNoodle, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, free health screenings and educational lectures
- The opening of the Birkeland Maternity Center and the Heart Center
It is a wonderful coincidence that Saint Alphonsus Health System’s anniversary and Easter fall so close together. This is certainly a time for us to celebrate and give thanks to all who have helped welcome newborns to begin their lives, those who comfort and support the families of our patients, and to all who care for those who need our skills to help them heal from illness and injury.
So please allow me to express my gratitude and appreciation by wishing you all “Happy Anniversary” and a wonderful Easter!