Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

Health Kootenai Health 2003 Kootenai Health Way Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 KH.org (208) 625-4000 Kootenai Health Board of Trustees Katie Brodie, Chair Robert Colvin, Vice Chair Dave Bobbitt, Secretary and Treasurer Cindy Clark, Trustee Thomas deTar, M.D., Trustee Teri Farr, Trustee Liz Godbehere, Trustee Steve Matheson, Trustee Robert McFarland, M.D., Trustee Administration Jon Ness, Chief Executive Officer Michelle Bouit, Chief Financial Officer Karen Cabell, D.O., Chief Physician Executive Cyndy Donato, Executive Vice President, People and Culture Kelly Espinoza, Chief Nursing Officer Jeremy Evans, Chief Operating Officer Joel Hazel, Chief Legal Counsel Cara Nielsen, Kootenai Health Foundation President Ryan Smith, Chief Information Officer John Weinsheim, Executive Vice President of Kootenai Clinic Executive Regional Editor Kim Anderson Regional Editor Shannon Carroll Cover photo Katrina Walker Published as a courtesy of Kootenai Health four times a year. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Kootenai Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Translation assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Please call (877) 746-4674. Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al (877) 746-4674. Ako govorite srpsko-hrvatski, usluge jezicke pomoci dostupne su vam besplatno. Nazovite (877) 746-4674. 2024 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Kelsey Hart, Kootenai Health Laboratory, Sweet Tooth Closing Thoughts An Ongoing Inspiration In March of this year, I will be retiring from Kootenai Health. I find myself thinking more and more about the people and experiences that have made my time so special. I could never name them all, but here are a few for which I am grateful. Our caregivers. Health care technology is so impressive, it often takes center stage. I am always reminded, however, that the most remarkable thing about health care is the human connection between patients and their care teams. I am proud that Kootenai Health continues to emphasize the importance of compassionate care for our patients and their families. Physicians and advanced practice providers. Unless you work in health care, you cannot fully appreciate the dedication physicians and providers have to their patients and profession. I have been fortunate to have worked alongside many of the best and brightest in their fields, and they are an ongoing source of inspiration. Leadership team. The greatest challenge of leadership is to turn challenges into opportunities and to build a culture that does it again and again and again. The leadership team at Kootenai Health has mastered this. Friends of Kootenai Health. Many of our facilities, programs and services would not have been possible without the support of our community. We are always grateful for our community’s generous support, whether it is helping to fund our new heart center or another worthy project or writing a note of thanks to a special caregiver. Community. Nearly everyone who lives here knows someone who works at Kootenai Health. The people we care for are our friends, neighbors and families. I am so proud of the work we do to provide every patient the best care possible. I am grateful to have had the honor of leading Kootenai Health and doing my part, along with you, to improve health care in our community. The foundation for our good work was laid before I arrived, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow for many years to come. Wishing you good health, Jon Ness 4