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Your opinion? Syringa sets town hall meeting for Nov. 13

'We need to educate people on how the hospital runs'

Syringa Hospital

Syringa Hospital

— “We need to educate people on how the hospital runs,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Leta Strauss at the Oct. 23 meeting.

To that end, a town hall meeting has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center (318 East Main Street, Grangeville).

Hospital representatives will share information on selected services and open the floor to questions from the community. Topics to be covered include the future of veteran care at SHC, 340b pharmacy program, Opioid Crisis Coalition and the introduction of PCMH and population health.

Strauss stressed it is important to let the public know of the cost-savings efforts and other areas the hospital works at to provide the best, most efficient care for the community.

“There is a lot of uncompensated care as well,” added board member Al Bolden.

“People do not all understand that Medicaid and Medicare do not pay the full amount of care costs,” added trustee Jim May.

Syringa Foundation director Kristi Soltman Brooks said she agrees with the town hall meeting efforts.

“The hospital needs to become a friendly face – a neighbor – in the community,” she said. “In reality, rural hospitals won’t be here, they won’t survive, if they’re taken for granted.”

Complimentary drinks (must be 21 and older) and light refreshments available while they last. For information call Dana at 208-983-8571.


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