December 2018

As we begin the new year at North Canyon, I reflect back on the past 8 years and it truly amazes me the progress our hospital has made during this time. We have basically transformed our organization into one of the finest state-of-the-art Critical Access Hospitals in the entire country. This continued commitment means that we will bring the most up-to-date advances in medicine and medical technology along with highly trained care givers and patient centered physicians. Beginning with the opening of our new facility in 2010, to the 33,000 Medical Plaza expansion and fixed MRI additions in 2016, the recent Lab expansion on our campus and the anticipated opening of the Buhl Clinic in January 2019, our goal has always and will continue to be to serve our patients locally and regionally. It takes a forward thinking Board and committed leaders in our organization to deliver on such bold achievements. I could not be prouder of those that have shared and executed on the visions and dreams that have seen these advancements over the past 8 years. As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of our hospitals existence, please join me in celebrating North Canyon Medical Center and its focus on improving the health and quality of life of the communities we serve. God Bless you all.

Tim Powers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tim Powers

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

CEO MESSAGE ARCHIVES

August 2018 will see the beginning of our outreach at North Canyon Medical Center when we open our temporary Family Medicine Clinic in Buhl. Adjacent to the construction site where our clinic is being constructed, this temporary facility will allow the community of Buhl and surrounding villages local access to care delivered compassionately by the providers of North Canyon. We anticipate opening the newly constructed clinic sometime in the fall at which time Dr. Dan Nofziger, a long time and beloved physician in Buhl, will come on board as part of North Canyon and provide care in our new clinic along with Dr. Greg Boettcher. The ability to expand outside our primary service area by dissolving the taxing district not only has allowed us this opportunity in Buhl but beginning in September Dr. Guy Grooms and Brad Mangum, FNP-BC,DC will be begin a North Canyon Orthopedic Clinic at St. Luke’s Elmore Hospital one day a week. These are truly amazing times at our hospital and the demand for the specialized care we provide will only continue to expand and grow. We should all feel particularly proud of the reputation NCMC has attained and look forward to carrying that reputation to more people in more areas.

Tim Powers
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the voters of Gooding County overwhelmingly voted to dissolve the Hospital Taxing District. Effective June 1st, the assets and liabilities will be transferred to North Canyon Medical Center, Inc. and our hospital will begin to operate as an independent 501(c)(3) entity.  This change allows the hospital the freedom to make prudent and strategic business decisions without constraints that operating as a District hospital contained. Also on June 1st, the Hospital District Board will be dissolved as there will be no tax proceeds for them to provide oversight of.  Since the inception of the Taxing District, the Hospital District Board has ensured that the tax proceeds were used for the purpose of community health programs, services to those in need, charity care and other income based programs.  To these diligent public servants, on behalf of the community, hospital employees, and NCMC Board of Directors, I say thank you for a job well done.  Your commitment to faithfully and fully carry out your responsibilities has been deeply appreciated.

2017 Hospital District Board Members
Phil Becker, District Board Chair
Patrick J.(PJ) Curtis, Secretary/Treasurer
Lori Bellamy, Trustee
Helen Edwards, Trustee
Suzanne Jensen, Trustee
Bob Muffley, Trustee
Lucy Osborne, Trustee

Tim Powers
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Colleagues and Community members,

At the center of any organization are Mission and Vision.  As North Canyon became an independent 501(c)(3), we found it imperative to rethink our Mission and Vision and construct strategic philosophies more aligned toward our objective and future position within the communities we serve.  Our Mission of growing an organization, powered by excellence, that serves our communities compliments our future Vision of aspiring to be your first choice for healthcare through an expanded network of medical services of the highest quality.  The expansion of NCMC into Buhl is the hospital’s first initiative to bring quality healthcare outside our primary service area.  This initial outreach is the beginning of a strategy to expand North Canyon’s clinical reach to communities seeking alternative care solutions for their healthcare needs.

We have done a wonderful job of increasing our scope of services while maintaining a high level of quality clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.  Our hospital was recently designated by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) as a five-star facility (the highest quality designation awarded).  North Canyon was one of only five hospitals in Idaho receiving such designation, the only one in the Magic Valley, and one of 337 nationally.  Such notoriety continues to demonstrate that North Canyon separates itself from other clinical options and care systems in our region.  Expanding our scope of services and physical presence to other communities, without sacrificing quality, is the core element of our Vision strategy.

During fiscal 2017, the hospital completed its Medical Plaza expansion of 33,000 square feet while refinancing its high cost debt.  Doing so created a much more manageable debt structure and reduction in debt service. A state of the art fixed MRI and 3-D mammography platforms were added that resulted in increased utilization of each up 30% and 21% respectively year over year.  This adherence to investing in technological advances of diagnostic care is our commitment to North Canyon’s Mission.

Our affiliation and relationship with Mayo Clinic and the University of Utah continue to evolve into strategic alliances that will expand quality services to our hospital and offer wonderful clinical alternatives to patient populations with our health network.  Our plan is to aggressively market this health network within our primary service area as well as geographically to those areas we expand our physical presence and clinical influence in.

Our workforce continues to lead the way in making a difference in the lives of those families we serve by delivering the highest quality, compassionate care around.  From serving our patients locally and regionally, the employees of North Canyon Medical Center continue to do God’s work every day.

Tim Powers
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The completion of Fiscal 2017 marked continued progress in the evolution of North Canyon Medical Center. Significant accomplishments and milestones were achieved during the year that we will use to propel us into 2018. The doors of the new 33,000 square foot Medical Plaza opened in January of this year and the addition to the campus has been nothing short of phenomenal. We are blessed to have all our services centrally located on our Gooding campus. Simultaneous with this, we opened a new fixed MRI center in our Diagnostic Imaging wing. The receptivity of having this service on campus has been profound. During the year, we also added 3D Mammography to our suite of imaging services. As the only facility in the Magic Valley to offer this state-of-the-art technology, we have seen a wonderful increase in patients wanting this advanced service which has translated to significant increases in patient encounters.

During 2017, the Partners in Healthcare, Inc. Board of Directors voted unanimously and agreed to fully divest the St. Luke’s Health System ownership in the 501(c)(3). This allowed the Gooding County Memorial Hospital District to assume 100% control of the assets of NCMC. Beginning in April 2017, discussions began with the Gooding County Memorial Hospital District Board to dissolve the taxing district and allow NCMC, Inc. to operate as an independent entity. To support this decision, NCMC recently filed a budget request with Gooding County and The Idaho State Tax Commission request that eliminates tax revenue in Fiscal 2018 from the hospital’s operating budget. As of October 1, 2017, the hospital no longer receives tax dollars from Gooding County residents. With this decision to no longer accept tax proceeds, the Hospital Board, functioning as the governance oversight of an independent 501(c)(3), has decided to build a new clinic in Buhl, Idaho. The clinic will allow NCMC to serve a broader community of patients with access to high-quality care and skilled medical professionals.

Dissolving the Hospital District will require the approval of the Gooding County Board of Commissioners and the support of Gooding County residents. There will be a petition circulated in early 2018 where eligible Gooding County voters will decide whether or not to dissolve the Hospital District in the May 2018 election. Negotiations with the County Commissioners are in the early stages, but if successful, dissolution of the Hospital District will allow the hospital to function as a stand-alone, non-profit organization, relieving the community of the additional tax burden.

These actions that have and will be taken are further indications our Board and Senior Leadership team are committed to following the initiatives in our Strategic Plan that closely parallel the Mission and Vision of our hospital.

Tim Powers
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)