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St. Luke’s Cody Langbehn on Community Connectedness

There are great things happening at St. Luke’s Wood River under the leadership of Cody Langbehn. Cody is my guest blogger today and he gives examples of just how much can be achieved when a critical access hospital is supported by a health system and its community. The result? Services provided locally that otherwise would […]

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St. Luke’s and FitOne: Health is a Participant Sport

Less than seven weeks to go until the fall FitOne fun! This community tradition benefits St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. Here’s FitOne Director Heather Hill’s report.   In 2013, we laid the foundation to transition a 5K run/walk known for 20 years as the Women’s Fitness Celebration to a year-round movement to engage our communities in […]

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St. Luke’s Pulmonary Nodule Committee: ‘An outstanding service to our patients …’

Many hospitals and health systems talk about the Triple Aim, which for St. Luke’s is better health, better care, and lower costs.   How many of them are really making investments in health, for which they are not compensated, and how many of them are making serious efforts at reducing costs, if doing so reduces […]

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St. Luke’s Dr. David Pate: The Programs Work. It’s Fee for Service That Doesn’t.

When St. Luke’s Health System made our strategic framework available to the public a couple of years ago, we indicated that the transformation of health care we are seeking to achieve for the benefit of our communities will require three transformations – transformation of the clinical model, transformation of the patient experience, and a business […]

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St. Luke’s MetSyn Efforts Show Just How Complicated Healthcare Transformation Is

What happens when a group of committed, empowered patients and equally involved medical professionals score a clear health victory, but it’s not something that health care is ready for? It’s a question increasingly facing St. Luke’s Health System, which has moved energetically in the direction of accountable care and population health, and one other hospitals […]

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Telehealth: Extended St. Luke’s Quality Care Close to Home

St. Luke’s is always looking at how technology can help us deliver on our aims of better health, better care, and lower costs.  Telehealth is one such technology that is making our care better, safer, more effective, and less costly, and helping us to connect with and serve our communities even better.  Here to provide […]

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St. Luke’s, the Supreme Court, and Saltzer

The question for St. Luke’s as to whether to appeal our antitrust case to the U.S. Supreme Court has been an important one, and one we have not taken lightly. From the beginning, St. Luke’s has known that it was doing the right thing for the right reason in aligning with physicians who share our […]

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Lessons from my Mother – and Enron and President Nixon

Dennis Mesaros, administrator of St. Luke’s Meridian, is my guest blogger today. This is Dennis’ first contribution to the blog.  As I introduce new leaders to our organization, I often ask them to talk about their “why.” Why do they choose to be in health care when there are less challenging and more lucrative opportunities […]

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St. Luke’s CEO: Heartfelt Thanks for my Wife’s Care

I have often said that we must build the healthcare system we want for our own care and that of our friends and family, because sooner or later, if not already, chances are we will need our services. My family and I have received services in the past from St. Luke’s Boise, St. Luke’s Meridian, […]

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St. Luke’s CEO: Supreme Court Decision Hung on Two Words

The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in King v. Burwell, a case that posed the second significant threat to the Affordable Care Act (the first being National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, decided in 2012, in which the individual mandate was challenged as being unconstitutional). I previously wrote about […]

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