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A vision for change at SHC

Syringa Hospital & Clincs (SHC) is commemorating a “Diamond Jubilee” year in 2014. Any healthcare enterprise or organization that’s been in existence that long owes a huge debt of gratitude to those who created, sustained, and adapted it to meet the constant necessity of change. In 1939, the new Grangeville Hospital was designed and built to only house beds for overnight (in-patient) stays, plus a small laboratory upstairs.

The name and ownership was subsequently changed to Syringa Hospital District, dba Syringa General Hospital (1975) and then dba Syringa Hospital & Clinics (2009). The laboratory has moved and been expanded several times (they currently perform more than 80,000 tests per year) but the overall mission and scope of services has increased in a similarly dramatic manner.

For example, the inpatient unit underwent a major remodel in the late 1980s. A new emergency department and radiology wing was built in the early 1990s. The Soltman Center and ambulance “barn” was built in 2003, and in 2006 the former county nursing home was remodeled into the current Primary Care Clinic and administration offices. In 2008 Therapy Services was moved into a newly remodeled building, and in 2010 the VA Community Partnership Clinic moved next door. In 2011 SHC launched our electronic health record, never to return to the world of paper charts circa 1939.

Where does this incredible vision for change – and subsequent action - come from? I submit that it largely emanates from volunteers, concerned and informed residents of Idaho County and Grangeville who are members of the board of trustees, the auxiliary, foundation, Thrift Shop, hospice, and many employees who contribute time, energy, and talents to their community hospital.

Myriad factors are driving healthcare organizations to adapt in response to both medical and non-medical factors such as payment incentives. SHC is fortunate to have a board of trustees and other volunteers with a vision and focus to change for the success and prosperity of your community hospital in the next 75 years. Please extend your appreciation to (past and present) volunteers during this important anniversary benchmark.

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