St. Peter’s Unveils New Name and Plans for Transformation

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St. Peter’s Unveils New Name and Plans for Transformation

Date: 11/01/17

St. Peter’s Hospital today announced St. Peter’s Health as the new name for the organization, marking the evolution of the hospital’s establishment in 1883 to the integrated health system it is today, which provides inpatient, outpatient and clinic-based services. St. Peter’s Health plans to roll out its new brand to the community in January 2018.

The St. Peter’s Health Board of Directors also voted to approve a new governance structure that will enable the organization to more effectively care for patients across its network of services and providers. The result is the creation of Operating Boards for both St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Medical Group, which brings more physicians to the table for decision-making and allows for a higher degree of autonomy within distinct divisions of the organization.

“There are significant changes happening nationally in health care that will affect Montana over the next couple of years, and my goal is to prepare for that disruption now from a position of strength,” said CEO Wade Johnson. “You will begin to see numerous changes taking place at St. Peter’s as we work through a transformation initiative designed to help us become a higher-performing organization.”

The transformation process will include a rigorous system-wide evaluation of business and clinical operations, identifying areas where the organization can implement more health care delivery best practices to improve outcomes and efficiencies. The process will dovetail with the current development of a Master Facility Plan, which will be completed in January 2018 and serve as a blueprint for the infrastructure, technology and equipment necessary to meet the community’s projected health care needs over the next five to seven years.    

The St. Peter's Health Transformation will be focused on the following objectives:
· Improving operational efficiency and clinical processes in the Hospital and Medical Group to serve our patients more effectively and improve patient satisfaction
· Preparing for the implementation of a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) by standardizing and improving overall operations
· Positioning St. Peter's to better participate in new value-based payment models and increasing overall financial performance
· Determining the right-size of St. Peter's current and future workforce needs, ensuring the right people are in the right positions doing the right tasks, and that they have adequate training and resources to effectively deliver on their respective roles

“It is our responsibility to the community to be proactive in the face of change so we can ensure the stability of health care services for people in Helena,” said Johnson. “I would much rather do the hard work now, so we’re at the top of our game as these changes begin to take place. This puts us in a much better position to avoid the drastic measures many health care systems around the country are experiencing, such as large-scale layoffs, eliminating services and even closing their doors.”

St. Peter’s Health
St. Peter’s is a system of health care services including a 123-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, cancer treatment center, behavioral health unit, urgent care clinics, home health and hospice care, dialysis center, and ambulance services. St. Peter’s serves the Helena region and southwest Montana counties of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, Meagher and Powell, with a combined population of approximately 97,000 residents. The mission of St. Peter’s is to partner with patients, the community and medical staff to provide exceptional and compassionate healthcare. For more information, visit www.stpetes.org.

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