Lifestyle in the Treasure Valley is such a selling point. When we are recruiting a doctor, for example, we want them to experience the fact that the area has the perfect combination of urban amenities and an outdoor lifestyle geared for families and downtime. When they take a quick trip to visit Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, we want to show them the surrounding area, Downtown Boise and the Greenbelt. If we have more time we can show them BSU with the Morrison Center, the Shakespeare theater, and point out hiking trails in the Foothills. If time permits, we head up to Bogus Basin or the Birds of Prey Dedication Point overlook. They are always impressed with the diversity and beauty of the Treasure Valley.
As a Catholic healthcare organization, service to our communities is our mission. Community is the essence of who we are, and together we can lift each other up, enhance our lives, and be better together than we can be individually. Our mission says we are to “serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.” We do that by not only providing our services to the community, but also by partnering with other community organizations to meet the needs that are too large for one entity to take on. Coming together, as a community, to serve our communities and building healthy lives is our ministry.
The urban amenities rival any major urban area, and people remain friendly and outgoing. Our location offers great proximity to a variety of outdoor activities. The Treasure Valley is family-friendly, and you can get easily get involved in your community and make a difference.
I believe that mental health is as important as physical and spiritual health. The Treasure Valley suffers a major gap in addressing mental health needs, and people are suffering because they are not receiving appropriate care. The opportunity does exist to join together to find resources, and I am optimistic that people are beginning to understand the need and that we will marshal our resources to reduce the suffering of those with mental health issues.
Besides the restaurant that my family loves because the food is great and the owners are wonderful? Since I am keeping that a secret, I will say that the arts scene throughout the Treasure Valley is underappreciated. We have incredibly talented people here in many of the arts, and while I think people appreciate the arts, I don’t think we really appreciate the greatness of the artists we have here.
To be involved in Together Treasure Valley fits our mission at Saint Alphonsus, to be a “transforming, healing presence within our communities.” The opportunity to come together as different businesses and community groups to work on a community project was very appealing. Working together we can accomplish many great things.
Growth has certainly shifted to the west of the Treasure Valley, which is a reason we are building a replacement hospital in Nampa. The Village at Meridian is a wonderful new amenity, along with many other new businesses in the Valley that are great to have. Of course, the increasing traffic can be a challenge, and I am very thankful the Meridian Road interchange is now complete and four lanes of the freeway are open through there!
The Sisters of the Holy Cross at Saint Alphonsus have had a profound impact on my work. Their presence and work here remind me every day of my purpose, and that keeps me centered and focused on the needs of those we serve. I am very grateful for the peace, wisdom and quiet strength they bring to employees and patients alike.
No matter what happens politically in health care, we intend to continue providing quality health care today and for generations to come. For 100 years or more the hospitals of Saint Alphonsus in the Treasure Valley have been providing compassionate care to those in need. We are continually assessing those needs, and there is no doubt that we will continue that great legacy in this new age of health care.
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