Healthcare costs: ‘It’s going to take all of us …’

Editor’s note: A version of the article that follows originally appeared as a column under a different title in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider.  Superficially, the problem is clear. U.S. healthcare costs are too high, rising too rapidly, and higher than those of other industrialized nations. And while it may be appealing to blithely conclude [...]

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St. Luke’s Jeff Taylor, on Cultivating a Community Asset

Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Taylor, senior vice president and chief financial officer for St. Luke’s Health System. Jeff is a critical part of my leadership team and a wonderful colleague. Here, he reflects on what goes into responsible stewardship of a community asset. I hope you will find his thoughts as interesting and gratifying [...]

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The Way of St. Luke: ‘… to see first the kindred neighbor’

Prior to assuming my role with St. Luke’s Health System, I was the CEO of the flagship hospital for St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston, unaffiliated with our Idaho organization. I loved working with that faith-based organization owned by the Episcopal Church and chaired by the Bishop of the Diocese of Texas.   I [...]

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St. Luke’s Welcomes Leadership Boise and Home-Grown Leaders

In recent weeks, I’ve had several opportunities to speak before groups of St. Luke’s physicians and staff members and several regional and national organizations about the power of transformational leadership, and getting ready for those invitations gave me the chance to reflect on the value of home-grown leaders. Growing and developing leaders is important everywhere [...]

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Welcome, Elks Employees and Patients, to the St. Luke’s Family!

October 1 marks an important day for St. Luke’s Health System. Our long-time colleagues of the Elks Rehab System have decided to shift efforts away from being a provider of rehabilitation services and focus on supporting rehabilitation services in Idaho through philanthropy and volunteerism. St. Luke’s will expand rehabilitation services to include those previously provided [...]

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FitOne: Wellness Fun for Everyone

It was fantastic to see everyone out walking, running, rolling, and enjoying all the FitOne activities last week. More than 10,000 participants turned out Saturday, doubling last year’s count, and more than 10,000 people attended the FitOne Healthy Living Expo that preceded the events. FitOne benefits St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and we’re grateful for that. But [...]

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St. Luke’s Dr. Greg Janos: Valuing Partnerships to Enhance Care for Children

As a specialist in internal medicine, I have often said in explaining what that is that I take care of “big kids.”  That really is not a proper analogy. Adults are not simply big kids. Dr. Janos, our executive medical director of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, gives five ways that caring for children is different [...]

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St. Luke’s Clinical Ethics Program: ‘… anchored in values’

The complexity of medical care, the advancements in technology, the development of new medications and treatments, the aging of our population, the earlier survival of premature babies, and the longer survival of people with multiple chronic illnesses all have come together to create far more ethical challenges for families and caregivers than we in health [...]

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Making the Case for Transformation

Dr. Jim Souza, vice president of medical affairs for St. Luke’s West Region, examines the value and quality problems besetting health care in the United States and talks about St. Luke’s work to remedy matters.

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St. Luke’s Dr. Chasin Goes to Washington

St. Luke’s envisions seamless, integrated care. With this, we will tackle one of the foundational problems in health care, one that nearly every healthcare expert agrees is responsible for poorer quality outcomes, higher occurrence of patient harm, and needless additional cost due to duplication of tests and procedures – fragmentation of the healthcare delivery system. [...]

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