Next Healthcare Town Hall set for Sept. 13


Third public forum to discuss recruitment, community initiatives

PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center and the City of Florence are inviting the community to attend the third in a series of Healthcare Town Halls at the Florence Events Center, on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

There will be two sessions in this free event. The first will be from 7 to 8 a.m. and the second will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The presentations by PeaceHealth leaders will provide updated information regarding the organization’s ongoing recruitment effort, recent initiatives focused on community benefits and a question and answer period.

Community members are encouraged to submit questions before the event to the Facebook event page or at Facebook.com/peaceharbor.

Participants are also welcome to submit questions during the town hall event.

Input from previous town halls has produced valuable information for PeaceHealth leadership, according to Peace Harbor Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Rick Yecny.

“After feedback from the last town hall, we have implemented a walk-in clinic wait time clock which has made accessing care in the walk-in clinic easier to navigate,” he said.

Another issue that was discussed at the previous town halls was PeaceHealth’s continuing efforts to attract and retain staffing at the Florence location.

“Since January 2016, we have succeeded in matching more than 6,000 community members with newly recruited primary care providers,” said Yecny. “So far, we have recruited 13 providers to Florence since the inception of the provider shortage, and have several additional providers scheduled to start with us in the near future.”

There are also new initiatives PeaceHealth has implemented recently that have been well received by the community.

“Peace Harbor is committed to forming partnerships with others in the community that work toward improving community health. So far, we have implemented two community health programs — the Points of Grace program and the Palliative Care program,” Yecny said. “We will also be unveiling several new initiatives at the Town Hall.

“Our hope is to continue demonstrating our commitment to serving our valued community members and meeting their healthcare needs.”

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