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Syringa Hospital board adopts inclusive meeting model

‘No us vs. them’

After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene.

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After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene.



— “There is no ‘us versus them,’” Syringa Hospital board vice-president Steve Didier, Kooskia, said at the Feb. 28 board meeting.

With that in mind, Didier asked everyone at the board table – trustees, hospital employees, department heads and medical personnel – to disperse.

“We want to shake it up,” he smiled. “No groups, just everyone interspersed.”

Following that, Didier went on to read the meeting rule guidelines the board agreed on at a recent planning session. They include: be on time, wait to be recognized, when speaking be concise, respect other opinions, listen to understand, no side conversations, silence cell phones, and the last states “the group agrees to this guide.”

The regular business meeting continued with Dr. Griffis saying 2,000 letters have been or are being sent out to all his patients, letting them know he will no longer be practicing at Syringa.

“I am a patient and haven’t received one yet,” said trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville.

Clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer explained the large mailing is being sent in a staggered fashion.

The dedication of the Kooskia Clinic in memory of former trustee Dick Tucker was discussed. A date in April will be determined as soon as possible.

Retiring CEO Joe Cladouhos, in his final meeting, spoke briefly to the board.

“The hallmark of a good organization is people coming and going and the organization still moves forward,” he said. “It’s been a special privilege to be CEO here for nearly a decade and I look forward to keeping up with Syringa.”

“Perhaps I’ll even be in the audience and have a comment or two in the future,” he chuckled.

Cladouhos was sent off with the gift of an engraved clock and a custom hunting/fishing knife.



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