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Thanking our outgoing CEO

As you probably know by now, we have a new CEO at the District, Mr. Corey Fedie. This paper will be telling you about Corey, but I will say that he has made a great first impression with everyone, and is brimming over with the ideas and enthusiasm...

 

Monthly Column: Next CEO at EARH hired, new state budget consists of both positives and negatives

The exciting news is that your District has settled on a new Chief Executive Officer to take over from retiring CEO Gary Bostrom. The new CEO is Mr. Corey Fedie. He comes to us from the Kit Carson County Health Service District in Burlington,...

 

Column: Good news and bad news abound for East Adams Rural Healthcare

The good news is that it looks like your District will have ended 2018 with a six-digit profit. We have to say “looks like” because the final audit adjustments are not completed, but that seems to be what the number will end up being. That is gre...

 

Commissioner Walker provides EARH update

As the year draws to a close, here are some odds and ends of updates on District business. In late November, the District held a Strategic-Planning session. Normally, such sessions try to lay out goals, and strategies to meet those goals, for a...

 

Lend a helping hand to those who help us

Your Hospital District is but one of a number of organizations in east Adams County that are concerned, to one degree or another, with health care. Few if any of those organizations have the kind of budget that similar organizations in non-rural... Full story

 

Hospital District is progressing

To plan where you’re going, you need to remember where you’ve been. It’s worth looking back a bit every now and then. Your District has accomplished quite a lot over the past few years. First and foremost, in 2014 it averted forced closure by t... Full story

 

Services at EARH

Your District has always sought to be your “medical home”, a one-stop portal to all the healthcare services you need. That does not mean that we here can provide every service you might need: we cannot, for example, perform brain surgery. But,...

 

Hospital District sells EACC facility

The big news of the month, which you probably already have heard, is that the District has succeeded in selling the former Care Center property. What you may not have heard is that it looks as if the deal will be even better than originally thought....

 

Healthcare groups focus on education

Coming up toward the end of this month is the annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference, organized by the Washington State Hospital Association and the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. While these conferences are always densely...

 

Hospital District Happenings

There is no single over-arching theme today, but rather a collection of bits and pieces of news, mostly good. First: the state Healthcare Authority did an audit of our Electronic Health Records payments, and found that they still owe us some...

 

Hospital District seeks public input

We are “East Adams Rural Healthcare”. To the great majority of people, “healthcare” means being healed when sick or injured. That is very certainly a key part of what we do, but it is by no means our full mission. We are also deeply... Full story

 

Hospital Board discusses ACO

EARH will soon be considering an important choice. That choice is whether or not to join an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). It would be a major step. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to reduce spending on those... Full story

 

Reports from the Board Chairman

There are several items to report, and all of them are good news. For one, the Grand Columbia Health Alliance (of which your District is one of five member Districts) has hired a Compliance consultant whose availability will be shared among the... Full story

 

New Year’s Thoughts

The turn of a year is traditionally a time for individuals and institutions to look both back and foreword. For your District, 2017 was a year with good news and not-so-good news. The renovation work, requiring blocks of the facility to be closed... Full story

 

Public forum slated for Jan. 12 to determine future for EACC

The status of the East Adams Care Center, currently operated by Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2, has now reached a critical decision point. The District was given the Care Center at no cost in mid-2014 by its then-owner, Life Care...

 

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