Reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future is a time-honored New Year tradition for many of us, but even more so in 2020 as we leave the teens behind for a new decade.
For me and my family, 2019 brought many changes. Settling into a new job, new community, new schools and more. I look back on all 2019 held for us and one thing I can say for certain: This community and this hospital has welcomed the Davis family with open arms. We've come home.
I tried to spend as much time as I could my first year as president and CEO of Grande Ronde Hospital reaching out and meeting as many of you as possible to thank you for the warm welcome to Union County. All the places I've gone, and all the people I've talked to this past year, have convinced me the best ambassadors for Union County, and what we have to offer new providers, are the people who live here.
More than 700 of these ambassadors work with me at Grande Ronde Hospital. We have been busy this past year making our newest employees feel welcomed and valued. Change always brings some chaos, but the integration of so many new faces — including mine — has gone well. My conversations and meetings with our staff here has shown me that as a team, we are happy, energized and ready to take on the new decade with passion and purpose.
We welcomed an unprecedented number of new providers in 2019. Eight of these new providers are already on board and seeing patients, with a ninth starting this month. An additional three providers have recently committed to joining our community. Four new providers are family physicians who will offer much-needed primary care for our community. We continue to recruit as our patient needs dictate.
For those of you who have heard me speak, you know of my watchful eye on the state of rural and small hospital closures around the country. We are strong and independent, and have every intention of remaining so, but we can never take our successes for granted. We know we cannot remain successful without the support of each and every one of you. Our community's support will help us remain strong and independent, so we can continue to deliver on our mission to provide access to high-quality, cost-effective care for every person in need of our services.
Over the past year, we developed a business plan that puts that time-honored mission statement front and center with a new vision statement that says: Quality health care is our mission. Patients are our passion. Our new core values statement is simple: The Four C's of Creativity, Compassion, Collaboration and Credibility. These new vision and value statements, along with our mission, were developed with input from many of our employees. I am proud to say this road we are on for 2020 is the result of teamwork from a group of people I am honored to work with every day.
So, here's to a new decade, Union County. I'm excited we are on this journey together.
Jeremy P. Davis is the president and CEO of Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande.