April 12, 2017
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A discussion group regarding local emergency response services is in the works thanks to Syringa Hospital board member Jim May of Kooskia. “I believe our local emergency service groups, QRUs and EMTs, are suffering due to a lack of volunteers,” May said at the regular Sept. 26 board meeting.
Hospitals to jointly recruit for Syringa CEO
Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) and Kootenai Health (KH) recently announced a new management services agreement for SHC. With this finalized agreement, KH and the Syringa board of trustees will jointly recruit a new CEO to Syringa.
Hospital budget passes for coming year
Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.
‘VOC’ identified as underground fuel tank
Wording was the topic of discussion at the monthly Syringa Hospital board meeting July 25. The conversation revolved around the affiliation agreement with Kootenai Health.
“I believe the affiliation is Syringa’s lifeblood in continuing for years to come”
“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”
Submissions due by May 31
Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently released its “Strategic plan 2017-2021” for public review and comment following a planning process led by the hospital board and leadership team of hospital department managers and medical staff. Public comments will be taken through May 31.
Interest for board candidates’ forum
Records request numbers are in the hundreds at Syringa. It was reported at the March 28 regular board of trustees meeting that Syringa Hospital and Clinics had 300 requests for medical records in December 2016, 322 in January, and 310 in February.