The Illinois Hospital Association has a group called “Transforming Illinois Healthcare.” I am fortunate to be one of fourteen CEO’s from around the State of Illinois to participate in this group.
The goal of the task force is hefty: To support each person’s quest for optimum health, all individuals and communities have access to high-quality health care at the right time in the right setting.
Headwinds increasing the complexity of achieving the goal are significant. Our emergency departments are used as primary care clinics. Patients frequent urgent care centers instead of forming relationships with primary care physicians. Mental health issues dominate our care delivery systems.
And then there is the issue of reimbursement.
Although the mountain is high, the climb is worthwhile. As healthcare leaders, our goal is to provide the right care at the right time. And I would add, at a reasonable cost.
I have no doubt hospital leaders that came before us seemed, at times, overwhelmed with the complexity of our industry.
Our job is to take the system we have today and find ways to allow it to better serve our customers tomorrow.
I am thrilled to be a part of the work we do.