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What Ebola has Taught St. Luke’s

Faced for the first time in our history with the threat of Ebola on U.S. soil, American hospitals and healthcare systems rose to the occasion.  For St. Luke’s Health System, I asked Dr. Bart Hill, vice president and chief quality officer, to take the lead in our preparedness and charged two other System executives, Maureen […]

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Work, Talks Continue on St. Luke’s Integration with Weiser Hospital

As we prepare for integration with Weiser Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s and the Weiser taxing district have been participating in discussions with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to address any questions they may have about the transaction. We are also discussing St. Luke’s relationships with the taxing districts in McCall and Elmore County. Several months […]

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The St. Luke’s Family: ‘… we all have responsibilities’

Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Cilek. Jeff is a St. Luke’s Health System vice president and has responsibility over philanthropy and government and external affairs. He has a very important message for all of us, internal and external stakeholders alike. Here is Jeff: If you’re a college football fan, you’re probably going through a funk […]

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Message Regarding the Ninth Circuit Court’s Decision

Dear St. Luke’s family, We received word this morning that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has supported the lower court’s ruling in the anti-trust case concerning St. Luke’s relationship with Saltzer Medical Group. We are extremely disappointed by this outcome. We will take some time to review the Ninth Circuit’s full decision and evaluate […]

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No Health Without Mental Health, and St. Luke’s Response

Mental health needs are not being met in Idaho.  Every area of our state has a shortage of mental health providers, and while St. Luke’s is trying to improve health, deliver better care, and lower the costs of care, we know that people can’t enjoy health if they have serious, untreated mental health disorders. We […]

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Dr. Jim Souza and ‘investing in a new future …’

Watch this short video as Dr. Jim Souza, vice president of medical affairs for St. Luke’s, discusses St. Luke’s investments and movement toward new payment models:

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Employers are Watching the Supreme Court ACA Review

Editor’s note: The article that follows originally appeared as a column under a different title in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding whether subsidies and tax credits should be available through the federal insurance exchanges. It’s an important […]

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St. Luke’s and Patient Access: ‘moving toward better’

Access to care is a national challenge, and certainly is an issue in Idaho.  We, like many areas of the country, do not have enough physicians in all the specialties needed to fully meet the needs of the population we serve. In addition, there is inequity in access to care in rural parts of the […]

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St. Luke’s Board Members: ‘the reason that our communities will be healthier …’

I have not written enough about the importance of our boards to our success as an organization that is transforming health care.  Today’s guest blogger, Christy Neuhoff, is our chief legal officer, but Christy is more than just our general counsel. She is responsible for our corporate governance, and we just completed a governance restructuring […]

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Even Idaho militia leader can’t justify armed march on Nevada

How you view Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management depends a lot on your politics. For most people with a basic understanding of how grazing is managed on public land the issue is simple. Bundy

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