Report from the Ninth Circuit Hearing

I am sitting in the Pioneer Courthouse in the heart of Portland, Ore., where a three-judge panel from the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just heard oral arguments in our appeal from the District Court decision in the case of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa, Inc. et al. vs. St. [...]

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Supreme Court Takes Up Challenge to Affordable Care Act – Again

For the second time since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in March of 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the validity of the law. The first challenge was to the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the ACA. I’ve written about that previously. In that [...]

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City of Boise Approves Healthy Child Care Ordinance

Editor’s note: What follows is Dr. Pate’s testimony delivered before the Boise City Council in mid-September in support of the city’s healthy child care initiatives. The Boise Healthy Child Care Ordinance was approved Sept. 30 and became effective Oct. 1, with implementation of some components to take effect through 2015.  The city has posted a [...]

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St. Luke’s and Leapfrog: ‘… a meaningful difference, one patient experience at a time!’

A central tenet of all we do is a focus on patient safety. Any patient safety event threatens not only the health and well-being of the patient, but also undermines St. Luke’s Health System’s goals regarding excellent outcomes and excellent experience.  We are creating the healthcare delivery system that we want for ourselves, our families, [...]

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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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