Saint Alphonsus Health System
Rodney Reider, President & CEO

A friend is considering moving to the Treasure Valley. What’s your elevator pitch on why he or she should?

The Treasure Valley is a great place to raise a family and enjoy outdoor activities and the arts, with friendly people. Add in the wonderful four seasons and it is difficult to not want to move here.

What’s your favorite piece of public art and where in the world is it?

My choice is not a single piece of art, but a location: Regensburg, Germany. It has numerous public works of art that are beautiful and inspiring, especially in the City Park. The architecture of this 2,000-year-old medieval city is also inspiring, especially if you consider architecture as a form of art

What’s your go-to book to give a friend?

I enjoy reading and am quick to recommend many different books, especially in business management. The book I highly recommend for everyone is “Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter” by Shelly Brady. It is such an inspiring story of not only not giving up, but being an inspirational person no matter the barriers. Bill Porter shows that even cerebral palsy cannot stop you from making a positive difference in the lives of people.

If you could change one thing about the Treasure Valley, what would it be and why?

Improving our transportation infrastructure is tops on my list. There are many benefits from growth, but without the infrastructure keeping up, we will become like so many other cities where gridlock is the norm. I don’t want to see that happen.

One of our area’s treasures is the outdoors. What’s your favorite thing to do here?

I don’t get out as much as I like to, but a walk on the Greenbelt along the river is always a great thing to do, especially in warm weather.

What makes the Treasure Valley a treasure?

So many things have come together to make this such a wonderful place to live. It is the physical beauty of the area, with great weather and four seasons that are not extreme. It is certainly the people who are open and friendly, along with that “can do” attitude that has built so many great businesses and cultural venues that rival larger cities throughout the country. Putting it all together in a setting as nice as the Treasure Valley makes this place very unique and desirable.

What lasting impression do you hope Together Treasure Valley will have?

Hopefully, Together Treasure Valley’s lasting impression will be to continually encourage dialogue amongst local leaders that encourages interconnectedness, healthy communities and an exceptional culture.

Name one local business leader you most admire, and tell us why.

Because of the similarities of the positions they hold, Darrel Anderson, CEO of Idaho Power, and Skip Oppenheimer, CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, are the two business leaders I admire the most. Not only are they successful business people, they are the chairs of their respective health system boards, Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s. Chairing nonprofit boards takes talented and engaged people. Chairing a board in health care is beyond that. It is challenging, complex and, at times, necessary to guide the board to make some very difficult decisions. The contribution of their time and talents, especially with the upheaval in health care, has my utmost respect. Their work has a significant impact on health care for everyone in the Treasure Valley and beyond. That is why I admire them.

What positive feedback has your company received about Together Treasure Valley?

Together Treasure Valley has given us the opportunity to brainstorm with other local leaders about the impact we can have by working together. We continue to receive positive feedback about how our involvement in Together Treasure Valley has impacted local libraries.

Together Treasure Valley had about 100 requests to place the 50 benches we bought for the area. Did that reaction surprise you, and where are you looking most forward to seeing the benches?

It was not a surprise to me, as I see these benches as gathering places to ignite community conversations.

Together Treasure Valley gave $50,000 to help fund Boise’s Vista Gateway Median Arts project. Why was this an important project to fund?

I support art in all forms as a meaningful way of expression. This particular piece will be a wonderful way for locals to celebrate our great city and for visitors to know we welcome them as well.

Together Treasure Valley gave $50,000 to help fund Caldwell’s Indian Creek Musical Arts project. Why was this an important project to fund?

I think everyone is going to enjoy the interactive musical instruments in this artwork. It should inspire us all to be creators of harmony within our communities.

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