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'We are making history ...'

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
September 4, 2012

ST. LUKE'S HEALTH SYSTEM WILL MAKE A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, AT 1:30 P.M. (MST) ON THIS BLOG!

Last week marked my third anniversary with St. Luke's Health System. 

For the past three years, the leaders of our System have been developing the capabilities and competencies necessary to transform health care built upon a strong foundation of physicians, facilities, technology, people, and relationships put in place under the leadership of Ed Dahlberg, Gary Fletcher, and many other leaders. Similarly, our boards have been strategically planning and preparing for this day. 

No health system in this country has yet achieved the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs, though some have made meaningful progress.  A significant barrier in achieving the Triple Aim, even if a health system were successful in transforming the clinical model, is that the current reimbursement models frustrate these aims.  It is only through clinical model transformation AND business model transformation that any health care delivery system has a chance of truly delivering on these aims. 

Tomorrow, St. Luke's Health System will announce a first, an innovative new model that truly aligns incentives to achieve the Triple Aim. We are making history in our journey, becoming a leader by setting an example that we hope will turn out to be the answer to how to fix the broken health care delivery system in America. 

Be sure to check back here tomorrow afternoon for the details!

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.