Last week on my blog, I had the chance to introduce some of the members of our System leadership team. I’d like to spotlight other key leaders today.
As we prepare to mark the sixth anniversary of St. Luke’s Health System, I’m particularly grateful for those who were here before me and have done so much to guide and develop our organization. Members of St. Luke’s leadership team, all of whom are trusted advisers to me, have played a critical role in the achievement of our vision.
Each of these leaders and others I’ve introduced previously will share their perspectives with us periodically in this blog space.
Vice President, Regional Relations
Those arrangements have been so valued that McCall Memorial Hospital asked that we consider strengthening the St. Luke’s-McCall relationship from a contractual management agreement to full integration into our System. St. Luke’s McCall joined our System in October of 2010.
Most recently, and again because of our long-term relationship with Rich leading the effort, Elmore Medical Center has asked to join the St. Luke’s Health System. A recent vote of the community was overwhelmingly supportive. Rich is busy helping to facilitate the due diligence as work on the integration process continues.
It will be interesting to read Rich’s perspectives on the role rural communities and critical access hospitals play in accountable care and St. Luke’s strategy.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
We were fortunate to have Adrienne join us four years ago. She came to us from Kaiser Permanente and had been with Catholic Healthcare West before that. She has been a health care CIO for most of her career.
Her initial charge was to structure the IT Department and leadership for the future – no easy task! Together with Dr. Marc Chasin, chief medical information officer for our System, Adrienne is busy on e-prescribing, meaningful use, ICD-10, the myStLuke’s electronic health records implementation, and our affiliate strategy to assist independent physicians in incorporating myStLuke’s in their offices.
I’m eager to read more from her about how IT is changing the ways we care for and engage our patients and facilitating achievement of parts of our vision having to do with physician alignment, seamlessness, integration, quality, and patient-centered care.
Vice President, Government and External Affairs
Jeff joined St. Luke’s eight years ago, coming to us from the Peregrine Fund. Prior to that, Jeff served as legislative director for U.S. Sen. James McClure from Idaho and staff director of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.
Jeff is responsible for government and external relations activities for our System and St. Luke’s philanthropic effort in the Treasure Valley. He interacts with state and federal legislators to represent St. Luke’s interests, networks with donors to make sure they are engaged in St. Luke’s future, and works with state agencies to make sure St. Luke’s can help solve problems and that they can help facilitate our transformation of health care.
Jeff is well-respected by our legislature and state agencies. He has collaborated with key community leaders by creating several advisory councils, to ensure that community stakeholders have an avenue to provide input and suggestions.
I’m looking forward to learning more about Jeff’s perspectives when he writes.
Vice President and Controller
Pete joined St. Luke’s nearly six years ago. He came to us from the financial auditing services industry, and was promoted to a System vice president position last year.
Pete is responsible for overseeing all of our accounting services, including payroll and expense reimbursements, and for making sure that our financial reporting is timely and accurate. He handles our banking relationships and our retirement plans. He ensures regular reporting on St. Luke’s bonds. And every year, he and his team put together our operating and capital budgets.
Because he has built a first-class finance and accounting team, we have been able to perform costly functions in a less costly and more centralized manner across the System. Most recently, Pete has been working with rating agencies, banks, and investment advisers to prepare for us to issue $150 million in borrowings through a bond offering.
He has prepared interesting System data over the years, and I hope he will share some of that with you when he writes his guest blog entry.
David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.