It is so hard to choose! Bogus Basin, especially in the winter, and the Capital City Public Market, rafting the Boise River and Shakespeare in the summer. They all epitomize our wonderful area — the hospitality, the sense of community, all the engaged businesses and organizations and the positive energy. I load up backpacks and wagons with my four grandkids on weekends and make the rounds. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The community and quality of life that friends and neighbors are building together are priceless assets. It’s very inspiring, and I appreciate this rare and valuable spirit of community that folks work so thoughtfully to sustain.
St. Luke’s has been part of community life in our region for more than 100 years, so it’s perhaps not so much a philosophy as an ongoing commitment. St. Luke’s is owned by the community and managed by community residents in service to their neighbors. As a large employer in the area, we also feel responsibilities and obligations to the business community, which has contributed to the vitality of St. Luke’s through partnerships and board involvement and through numerous other means. In many, many ways for us, community is all there is.
St. Luke’s and our area’s other institutions all are preparing for what we see coming in terms of growth, development and change. As a community-based health system, for St. Luke’s that means being able to serve community members with more diverse needs than ever before in a more complicated and evolving environment. The challenge will be preserving that vital, vibrant community spirit we all feel so strongly about. It’s why I was motivated to get involved with many of my community colleagues in Together Treasure Valley. I love the opportunity we have through this initiative to bring together community representatives with a variety of perspectives and experiences to focus our efforts on what matters most in our community. I think it’s going to be amazing!
Health care in the Treasure Valley! It’s the area I’m most familiar with, of course, but our families and neighbors are incredibly well served by the hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in our community. St. Luke’s is very fortunate to be part of a robust health care ecosystem, and we count on our Saint Alphonsus colleagues and many other organizations and institutions for their expertise and contributions. I have heard many, many times from out-of-town visitors how incredible the quality of health care services is in our region, how much care and caring they received and how timely they were served, and I am so proud of the many health care professionals who together have built this resource for residents and all the people we care for.
I am amazed at the current construction boom and the energy being generated around all the development activity. It’s an adjustment, but it’s a very interesting time to be part of the community. New faces, new ideas, new perspectives, all are helping me to shift my thinking and broaden my outlook, and I think that’s always been how we grow as individuals, as community members and as citizens of the world. It’s just very interesting to walk out my front door and see what’s going on today!
St. Luke’s has incredible relationships with dozens of not-for-profit groups, with missions and visions that complement our work to improve the health of people we serve. The spirit of working together to get things done is alive and well in Idaho. We have had the chance to work on community health needs assessments with the United Way and others, to identify opportunities for improved health and well-being with the Y and others, and through our community health improvement fund grants, to deliver support and resources that inspire the collaboration of many, many other partners. By working together, we are really making headway, and I could not be more proud of this very collaborative, ongoing chain of benefit.
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