Geri Forbes. — Image Credit: Michelle Beahm / Whidbey News Group
The Washington Rural Health Collaborative would like to welcome Geri Forbes, new CEO at Whidbey General Hospital to the Board of Directors! Geri Forbes hails from Doctors Memorial Hospital, a 49 bed rural hospital in Perry, FL, where she has been the CEO since Sept. 2012. Forbes is a seasoned leader in healthcare operations, strategic planning and performance improvement. Her career has evolved over the years from a leader on the physician practice management side of healthcare to a senior leader in the hospital continuum of care environment. She has worked as a Hospital Service Line Design and Development Administrator and as a Senior Consultant with General Electric Medical Systems, in their Leadership Development Division. Geri joined Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare in 2004 as Administrator of Medicine Services and served in this role for 6 years, after which she assumed the role of Regional Administrator at TMH, with a focus on Population Health and Regional Development. In 2011 Geri co-developed the TMH Transition Center. The Transition Center is a short term multi-disciplinary outpatient Medical Home for patients without an established primary care physician. Geri has Masters is in Healthcare Administration, with a concentration in Rural Health and Telemedicine.
by ALLYCE ANDREW, Snoqualmie Valley Record Reporter
The new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is rising at a rapid rate and doors are slated to open for patients on Wednesday, May 6.
Rodger McCollum, District CEO, laid out the hospital’s vision from its inception to the freshly painted walls of its current incarnation. The staff started dreaming of renovations nearly a decade ago, but began construction after a groundbreaking ceremony in September 2013.
“About seven or eight years ago, we looked at expanding the old hospital because we were too full then,” McCollum explained. “We only have 14 patient rooms in the old hospital, so it really is very small in today’s world. The board looked at a lot of different alternatives and decided that it probably made sense to start over.”
The hospital bought the land for $5 million and the construction was a guaranteed $38.5 million ($500 per square foot) maximum price. The development is paid for by hospital revenue. The new facility has 25 beds and an intentional amount of extra storage, restrooms and parking.
By David Haerle
Should Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s hurried effort to form a wide-ranging public hospital district fail at the ballot box come August, the county’s only current hospital district is ready to pounce on the opportunity.
The hospital district commissioners representing Summit Pacific approved their own annexation resolution during a three-hour meeting May 22 that would bring in the areas of Montesano, Brady, Black Creek and Melbourne into Summit Pacific Medical Center’s coverage and taxing sphere in a November election.
The competing ballot measures come about as the county’s two hospitals follow up on plans that have been in place for months. Community Hospital boosters pushed forward on their own hospital district plans without ever conferring with the neighboring hospital district on its plans. Continue reading
By Steven Friederich – The Vidette
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Flowers are in bloom outside of the old Mark Reed Hospital, which still serves as home to the McCleary clinic.
Administrators at Summit Pacific Medical Center are trying to figure out whether it may make sense to build a brand new health clinic in McCleary or renovate the old, existing one in the former Mark Reed Hospital.
Chief Financial Officer Will Callicoat reports that despite opening the new hospital in Elma, people of McCleary are still using the clinic. In fact, Callicoat’s findings suggest that an additional health provider may be needed in McCleary by 2018 after a doctor will likely retire. There are five providers in McCleary today, accounting for about the equivalent of three full-time providers — two doctors and three nurse practitioners that split their time between other locations. All are currently accepting patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Continue reading
Teresa McClain helps community members enroll in health care coverage at the HBE Office in North Bend.
More than 1,000 uninsured community members received help enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s online enrollment center at the Health Benefit Exchange Office in North Bend. Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District provided free in-person assistance during the open enrollment period from Oct. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
Teresa McClain, Certified Assister/Navigator for Washington Health Benefit Exchange and Clinic Admin. for SVH, helped community members navigate the Washington Healthplanfinder website and enroll in coverage every Monday through Thursday. Continue reading
Effective immediately, the Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative new legal name is Washington Rural Health Collaborative (the Collaborative). In the last year the Collaborative has grown from 10 to 13 member hospitals and covers several areas in Eastern Washington as well as Western Washington. The name change more clearly reflects our expanded membership. Continue reading
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Source: KING 5 HealthLink – Posted on January 20, 2014
About 2 million Americans suffer from hospital-acquired infections every year, adding a whopping $30 billion to health care costs. Now hospitals have a new way to reduce the risk
Last week marked the 80th Annual Meeting for the Washington State Hospital Association with the theme of Patients First: Moving Beyond the Norms. Nearly 300 health care leaders from across the state participated in the event.
The annual meeting provides a great opportunity to honor and recognize the good work of health care leaders across the state and this year was no exception. Summit Pacific Medical Center received this year’s Community Health Leadership Award for their innovation and commitment to providing patient centered care in their new facility, which was built around the medical home model.
Kudos to Reneé Jensen and her team!
WSHA honored organizations excelling in the area of patient safety and quality with the 2013 “Safe Care in Action” award. Hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patients initiative earned the award by achieving a 40 percent reduction in harm or were in the top 10 percentile for six or more measures or for 80 percent of eligible measures in the 10 key areas. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics and United General Hospital were both honored for this achievement. Congratulations Eric Moll and Greg Reed!During the annual business meeting, the membership approved the candidates for the 2013-2014 WSHA board of trustees, including the new slate of officers. Our own Julie Petersen, PMH Medical Center was unanimously approved for the position of Chair-Elect. Congratulations Julie!
The Washington Rural Health Association elected new Board members at the annual membership meeting on March 20, 2013. Newly selected for three-year terms were Jeff Johnson, Wipfli LLP; Melissa Lovell, Office of Community Health Systems; Ron DeArth, administrator of Morton General Hospital; and Cass Bilodeau, from Kadlec Health System.
Leah Layne Memorial Health Leadership Award – Winner Renee Jensen
The 26th NW Regional Rural Health conference awards ceremony honored true examples of authentic leadership, genuine dedication and commitment to the rural health community.
Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner – Winner Dr. Shawn Andrews (Left to Right: Karen Jensen, Shawn Andrews, and Renee Jensen)
After a nationwide search was conducted for new leadership, Forks Community Hospital welcomes William McMillan as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his new role at Forks, Mr. McMillan was the CEO of Curry Health District in Gold Beach, Oregon since 2007. He has also been an administrator for Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon, and the Chief Executive Officer at Guam Memorial Hospital Authority in Guam.
Mr. McMillan received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH.