Last month I posted about Chris Roth replacing Dr. David Pate as the new president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System.
As a resident of the Treasure Valley, I’ve been interested to learn what Mr. Roth has planned for the future of the St. Luke’s Health System. My interest stems from seeking to understand how it will impact the community I love, friends that work in the organization, along with the health care I receive as a patient.
Fortunately, there have been interviews within the past week that help to illuminate future plans for the system.
First, is this interview with local the local CBS affiliate.
Second, Mr. Roth was interviewed by the St.Luke’s marketing staff where he discussed challenges the system is facing, continuing to be a national leader in quality, and fostering a culture of innovation. That last point caught my attention. Specifically, he stated:
We need to intentionally shape and invest in the organization to embrace the greater elements of a learning organization, more team-based, more creative—being OK with failure when appropriate and learning from the things we try. Because if we’ve set out a goal to really transform health care, we’re going to have innovation and creativity, and we’re going to do things differently.Chris Roth
I’m definitely in the camp of health care must transform to increase quality, access, and affordability for patients while maximizing the well-being of health care providers. But it has to be accomplished without burning down the proverbial house. That’s where a lot of innovation aficionados from outside health care forget that in this industry lives are at stake. So, there’s a need to responsibly push for changes without harming people. This is something I see St. Luke’s has been diligently working to accomplish and it sounds like Mr. Roth is making it a priority moving forward.
I’ll be writing more about my thoughts on this topic in the coming months. Stay tuned!