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A letter to St. Luke’s physicians on Doctors Day

Doctors Day
By Chris Roth, News and Community
March 30, 2020

You are doing heroic work.

That was true when you signed on for medical school; that commitment alone put you in a position that few willingly sign up for.

It was true a month ago, at a time when we all were aware of COVID-19 but before the enormity of the challenge showed up in our clinics and departments.

And it’s true now, as you help to lead the St. Luke’s team that is working tirelessly to turn back COVID-19 among our patients, neighbors and friends.

As the country looks to National Doctors Day today, I want to take a few minutes to let you know just how profound your contribution is and how much the entire St. Luke’s team values you.

Each week, we hear from friends and colleagues about the extraordinary work of St. Luke’s physicians. Over the past month, that admiration and gratitude have grown exponentially. You are each a remarkable representation of St. Luke’s mission to improve the health of people in the communities we serve.

St. Luke’s and Idaho will get through this health crisis, in large part due to you and the skill and commitment you bring. On behalf of our boards, our patients, their loved ones, our communities and your 15,000 colleagues within St. Luke’s Health System, this day and always, please accept my deepest thanks and great respect. All of us are proud to be your colleagues.


About The Author

Chris Roth is president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Chris joined St. Luke’s in 2007, when the organization had been a health system for less than six months, and led much of the effort to establish the organization as one of the top health systems in the United States. He served St. Luke’s first as vice president and chief operating officer and then as chief executive officer of the Treasure Valley region. He subsequently was promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer for the health system before being selected in 2019 as president and CEO; he assumed these responsibilities in February of 2020. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in health-care administration from the University of Minnesota.