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Here’s What’s True

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
September 12, 2012

St. Luke’s has been receiving quite a bit of attention of late. For all sorts of reasons – the great stuff we’re doing and lots of it, the universally understood need to fix a broken national health care delivery system, and the fact that St. Luke’s has grown in recent years , to name a few – St. Luke’s Health System is getting all sorts of notice.

But we can’t worry about what gets said about us elsewhere. What counts is what we’re doing. It’s our actions, in accordance with our Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower cost, that matter.

Three years ago, we set out on a journey of transformation. And as anyone who has ever taken a trip knows, every journey involves more than one decision, more than one consideration, and more than one participant. Nothing is clear-cut or simple, especially when you’re headed into uncharted territory, such as health care reform. Those who aren’t part of the journey won’t necessarily understand it, and I have said previously that not everyone will understand the decisions that go into how we chart our course.

I want to take a minute to clarify some of the information that’s made the rounds recently, and let you know that you can count on me to regularly, transparently, and accurately keep you informed here on my blog.

Here’s what’s true:

  • We do not have final plans to build a hospital in Nampa, which, of course, is why we’ve not shared a plan with our community. We know there’s the need, and we know there’s the community desire. Once we have a plan, we’ll share it with all of you. The Idaho Press-Tribune did a thoughtful job of explaining this; here's their report for your reference.
  • We are not merging with any entity in Utah or elsewhere. We have a great new alliance in SelectHealth, which is an insurance company that is a subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare. We will remain St. Luke’s and they will remain SelectHealth.
  • Our physician partners seek us out and we value the opportunity to work with them. Check out Saltzer Medical Group President John Kaiser’s thoughts on this.
It’s likely we’ll continue to attract attention, and we may see information soon regarding our 990 filings. As a not-for-profit organization, St. Luke’s Health System is required to file IRS form 990s annually. Form 990 provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. You can find all sorts of information at http://news.stlukesblogs.org/irs-form-990-information/ or click here.

Travel is not for the faint of heart, and our journey of transformation is calling for, among other things, patience, a sense of humor, and an understanding that those not on the journey may not get it. 

Please know that we’re doing our best to share with you the right information at the right time, and please follow the blog to ensure you receive news and updates directly from us. If information about St. Luke’s from other sources doesn’t sound quite right, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions directly through the blog.

 

About The Author

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.