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Syringa discusses ways to cut down non-emergent ER care

Among areas reviewed, CEO Abner King reported there were 4.46 percent non-emergent emergency room (ER) visits for the fiscal year. “We would like to reduce this to 3.75 percent, but we haven’t made headway on this goal yet, but we have a renewed focus on this,” King stated. Chief medical officer, Dr. Matthew Told, said this is a “difficult one.”

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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

“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).

November 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa passes $15.2M budget for FY 2019

Syringa Hospital board of trustees unanimously passed the fiscal year 2019 budget at the Aug. 28 meeting. Total operating revenue for the hospital for 2019 is expected to be $15,218,782.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Foundation, thrift store help purchase equipment

“I want to say thank you to the [Syringa] Foundation and the Syringa Thrift Store for their generous donation to make it possible to purchases the anesthesia machine,” Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei said in his July 24 leadership report at Syringa’s monthly board meeting. Frei said the arrival date for the machine was late July and cardiac monitors will arrive in late August.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa board stands by decision to open pharmacy

“There are efforts out there to close down our [Syringa] pharmacy,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Al Bolden, White Bird, at the April 24 meeting. At the beginning of its meeting, board members and administrator Abner King discussed the recent visit to the Idaho County Commissioners by Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Hospital ends year in the red; Syringa facility still ‘financially viable,’ accountant says

“It just wasn’t a stellar year financially for the hospital,” said Carl Swenson, with Crandall-Swenson, PLLC (certified public accountants) out of Boise. Swenson spoke to the Syringa board of trustees at the Jan. 23 meeting. “All businesses have good years and bad years,” he continued. “This year is not a result of things the hospital specifically did, but just by the fact it exists at this time.”

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Community buy-in needed to face EMS volunteer crisis

“We need to go to the towns and say, ‘we need your help,’” said Dr. Matthew Told, Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “This affects them, and we have to have their buy-in.” Told responded to a written report from board member Jim May, Kooskia, that was discussed at the Dec. 28 trustee meeting. The “EMS Study – Summary Report” describes the difficulty in recruiting sufficient volunteers and raising funds to maintain ambulance and quick response units, among other EMS-related issues, throughout the area. Told said he feels the communities have to be at the forefront of finding solutions.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

New CEO, King, named to lead Syringa

Syringa Hospital and Clinics recently announced Abner King, FACHE, as its new chief executive officer. King will begin Jan. 9. He most recently worked as the chief operating officer at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa board interviews three for CEO

Syringa Hospital trustees recently interviewed three candidates for the position of CEO. Joe Cladouhos, former CEO, retired earlier this year. Trustees are working in conjunction with Kootenai Health whom Syringa affiliated and entered a managerial services agreement with this year. “The process of choosing a CEO will be ongoing,” said board chair Al Bolden of White Bird at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Group forming on emergency services issue

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.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

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.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa board looks into managerial services agreement with Kootenai

“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.”

June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Comment sought on strategic plan for Syringa Hospital

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.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Monthly records requests up at Syringa Hospital

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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