If you will remember, I was giving you a summary of some of the things that happened at our leadership training a few weeks ago. That day was so productive!
In addition to the other outstanding speakers I have already pointed out in my blog, we were also fortunate enough to have Dr. Dan Zenk, the President of the Greeley Medical Clinic, come and talk to us about the recent changes in their practice. Earlier this summer the GMC physicians made the decision to align with the Poudre Valley Medical Group, even though their main campus is literally across the street from North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
Dr. Zenk, a former member of the North Colorado Medical Center Board of Directors, talked about the history of GMC and what their goals have been for the 75 years that they have been in existence. Their goals have been and continue to be focused totally on the patient and doing everything they can to provide the best possible care to the patients of Greeley and Northern Colorado. In pursing this objective the physicians of GMC, the largest multi specialty group in the region, decided that the The Poudre Valley Health System had the best track record of working with physicians to meet the needs of the patients we serve. He argued that healthcare reform is going to require partnerships like we have never had before, and picking the right partner was of paramount importance to their group.
Now that they have made the choice to partner with PVHS he said that they are more convinced than ever that they have done the right thing. PVMG physicians continue to use NCMC whenever they are allowed by NCMC to do so, and he pointed out that in an effort to promote cooperation in the region, PVHS recently added NCMC as one of its authorized providers for PVHS employees. Dr. Zenk suggested that this type of collegial relationship between PVHS, PVMG, and other community employers and physicians in the region is what has distinguished PVHS as one of the premier health systems in the entire country.
He used this background to suggest to all of the leaders of PVHS that in an era of healthcare reform they never forget what has distinguished them in Colorado and the entire country. It has been the PVHS commitment to putting the patient first and meeting the needs of the physicians with whom we work that has set PVHS apart from the rest. Dr. Zenk outlined to the leadership group of PVHS that they were the ones charged with making sure this continued in the future. In an era of healthcare reform, he suggested that we will have many outside pressures to reduce our commitment to quality, to our physicians, to our employees and to the community. His counsel was for each leader to continue to lead by example in their respective units. Focus on the right things, he said, and the right things will happen. It was an inspirational talk by one of the Deans of healthcare in Weld County and Northern Colorado.
Thanks so much to Dr. Zenk for taking time to help explain the process and outcome of the recent GMC affiliation with PVMG.