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July 19, 2012 8:39 am

Powell Valley Healthcare aiming for a brighter future

Written by Ilene Olson

Powell Valley Healthcare leaders are exploring the possibility of partnering with Studer Group, a firm that helps healthcare organizations excel in clinical, operational and financial outcomes.

The PVHC board on July 12 gave its blessing for Bill Patten, PVHC chief executive officer, to examine the details and merits of contracting with the group to help the organization heal and move forward with purpose.

“I want to help us get rid of our recent past,” Patten told the board. “I would want to do it even if there hadn’t been a Paul Cardwell here. But I really want to do it because there was a Paul Cardwell here.”

Studer Group, Patten said, was founded by Quint Studer, who is hearing impaired and originally worked in special education. But his path later led him to the health care field, where he “had some very commonsense ideas that weren’t very common about how to improve healthcare.”

Patten said he believes the group would be a good resource for Powell Valley Healthcare, particularly for the next couple of years. He arranged for the firm to send him documents about what a formal relationship would look like, and if all goes as he hopes, he will work with company representatives to plan a kick-off event to roll out the plan.

Patten said he envisions a Sept. 1 start on planning for a kick-off event early next year.

“I know this is a ton of work,” he said, “but I think this is the kind of thing that will really improve this organization.”

“Do you want me to keep going?” he asked.

Each board member agreed that Patten should move ahead with negotiations with Studer Group.

“I not only say yeah — I say, ‘Oh, yeah!’” said Trustee Larry Parker, punching his fist in the air for emphasis.

1 Comment

  • Comment Link July 20, 2012 8:12 am posted by Greg

    This sounds alot like the feel good seminars the PVHC held when Sr. Leadership felt that Mid Management/Sr Managment/Physicians were not getting along in the same sand box. When the actual issue was Sr. Leadership and Physicians were at odds and they dragged mid managment into the frey.
    My 2 cents

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