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, [...]

Continue Reading...

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 [...]

Continue Reading...

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 [...]

Continue Reading...

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 [...]

Continue Reading...

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 [...]

Continue Reading...

Commitment to Fruitland Makes Care Possible for Ranchers and Farmers

St. Luke’s Health System opened its newest facility on May 1 in Fruitland, a rural community near the Oregon border.  It is part of St. Luke’s commitment to improve the health of people throughout our region, and we have received overwhelming support from the Fruitland community for our presence in the area. Patients who travel [...]

Continue Reading...

Happy Birthday, St. Luke’s Health System!

As I reflect on all that we have accomplished, it is hard for me to believe that we are only eight years old as a health system. Amazing!  We became a health system in 2006 due to the foresight and vision of the then-President and CEO Ed Dahlberg, the community representatives on the St. Luke’s [...]

Continue Reading...

Ruling’s a Disappointment, not a Deterrent to Doing What’s Right

We are disappointed by the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill denying a stay pending appeal of his previous decision ordering full divestiture of our integration with Saltzer Medical Group.  St. Luke’s is considering the judge’s order and planning to seek a stay from the appellate court. The order does not give [...]

Continue Reading...

Verdict from the Classroom: ‘The ruling ignored the economics …’

Last week, St. Luke’s Health System filed an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The outcome of this case is very important to health systems across the country that, like St, Luke’s, are trying to transform health care and address the needs of patients, payers, and the public for better health, better [...]

Continue Reading...

St. Luke’s Appeal: Let the Progress Continue

St. Luke’s Health System has set out to be a national leader in health care. About 300 leaders from across our region worked together to develop our strategy and we have been very transparent, sharing most of our strategy documents through my blog and our website. Our vision centers upon a transformation to accountable care [...]

Continue Reading...