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Syringa works on strategic plan

‘As the strategic plan goes on, it’s a good time for this type of outreach’ — CEO Joe Cladouhos



Mission, vision statements being reworked

• A proposed new mission statement for Syringa states, “We seek to improve the health and quality of life in Idaho County and the surrounding region with excellent, compassionate health care that is accessible to all.”

• Syringa’s vision is to be recognized for leadership and commitment to clinical excellence, quality services, financial strength and viability, regional partnerships, a competent, committed, caring health care system, and community involvement and outreach.

— As Syringa Hospital works on its strategic planning process for a CEO transition and possible affiliation with Kootenai Health in 2017, the board met again Nov. 29 with consultant Lorraine Roach of Montana. Roach spent the day going over information with the trustees, administration, department heads and medical staff, brainstorming as well as discussing health care trends and area statistics.

Trustee Paula Calceterra of Harpster asked for a variety of financial reports from CFO Betty Watson.

“Part of our job as a board is to look at revenue generating and non-revenue generating areas and make some very difficult decisions in the days ahead,” she said.

The matter was discussed at length as Roach facilitated the planning process.

“Cost-based reimbursements do not always save dollars,” Watson commented.

The board deliberated at length a variety of items including community outreach and involvement.

“I liked the outreach provided to other communities about what is going on at Syringa,” trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville said, speaking of board members attending various meetings and giving updates on the hospital.

CEO Joe Cladouhos agreed.

“As the strategic plan goes on, it’s a good time for this type of outreach,” he said.

Telemedicine, visiting specialists and the desire for more surgical procedures at Syringa were all discussed. In addition, trustees expressed interest in pursuing more nursing and other medical students for their rotations, as well as having a larger presence with high school students at local schools.

“It’s doable,” said trustee Steve Didier of Kooskia, “to have student interns who job shadow in the various departments and therefore pique their interests as to what jobs are available at Syringa.”

Trustee Gunter Williams of Grangeville expressed interest in “growing our own” employees.

“As a business owner, I know I’m often training employees for someone else as they are with us just a little while and move on – but every so often, one sticks, and they turn out to be a great employee with a lot of potential,” he said.

Conversation ensued on ideas to gain student interest as well as encourage those who may be recruited for higher level positions.

The high cost of obstetrics and anesthesiologists was discussed with ideas given to hopefully further utilize the skills and time of the CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists).

Dr. Griffis explained CRNAs are required if a hospital practices obstetrics and explained some areas where they may be further utilized, including gall bladder and other surgeries, if a specialist were available for those procedures.

The strategic planning process is ongoing. For details or to attend a meeting contact Cladouhos at 983-1700.



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