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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TEAMwork System Moves St. Luke’s Up the Board

I am very excited about one of the newer additions to our St. Luke’s leadership team: Sandee Gehrke, St. Luke’s Health System vice president of operations improvement.  Sandee is an experienced and accomplished leader, and I believe that she will help take our initial steps in implementing St. Luke’s lean operating system – TEAMwork – [...]

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St. Luke’s in Fruitland: ‘… the true spirit of St. Luke …’

St. Luke’s is committed to improving the health of people in our region. That’s our mission. Our recent grand opening celebration of the Fruitland Medical Plaza and our emergency department there showed just how deep that commitment goes, and how passionately that mission is held. Our mission is compelling. In just the first few weeks, [...]

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Letter from Fruitland’s Mayor

Fruitland is very grateful and proud of the investment that St. Luke’s has been making in our community.  The access to medical services, specialties, and treatment is a great benefit to the entire western Treasure Valley. As I said at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new facility, having these local services opens up [...]

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Bosslift Underscores the Commitment of St. Luke’s Military Veteran Employees

I was a military brat – actually, my brother was the brat, but you get the point – having been born overseas in what was then West Germany at the time while my father served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne division. We moved a lot, and I have always admired my parents and all [...]

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Perioperative Focus Tightens the Links in St. Luke’s Safety Chain

I am so proud of our physician leaders here at St. Luke’s and the fact that they have embraced innovation and new models of care.   Today, we are following up on one innovative new program we informed you about just over a year ago – St. Luke’s Perioperative Evaluation Clinic. I asked my blog editor, [...]

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A St. Luke’s Winning Streak No One Wants to Talk About

Last week, Dr. Hill was my guest blogger and wrote about our journey to zero harm.  This week, my blog editor followed up with Dr. Kevin Shea, Dr. Howard King, and the team of folks working on one aspect of zero harm: Project Zero, the St. Luke’s team working to eliminate surgical site infections related [...]

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SELECT Medical Network Becomes St. Luke’s Health Partners

SELECT Medical Network is the name of a long-standing organization in our region that has been used for contracting with independent physicians and insurance companies – something many may know as an independent physician association or a physician hospital organization.  But for some time, St. Luke’s has viewed SELECT Medical Network as much more than [...]

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Safety at St. Luke’s: ‘Our legacy … is within our control’

Zero harm. High reliability. These are the destinations St. Luke’s is aiming for on our journey of healthcare transformation.  Here, St. Luke’s Health System Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Dr. Bart Hill writes about what we are doing and how we will get to our destination. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine estimated that [...]

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St. Luke’s Wood River’s Safety Huddles are Time Well Spent

We are working hard to establish a culture of safety. We want everyone to be thinking at all times how to make our employees safe at work and our patients safe in our care, adopting best practices, and becoming a high-reliability organization on our journey to zero harm.  One of those best practices is daily [...]

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