The Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Board of Directors on April 29 voted to remain independent and not pursue a partnership and named Stephen Scogna, 54, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCH. Former NCH CEO Bruce Crowther, who had previously announced his plan to retire at the end of 2013 after 23 years of service, will stay on until then to assist with the transition and handle special projects.
"I am honored to accept the role and I will be working with Bruce who will continue providing assistance with the transition as well as handle special projects until he retires at year-end," Scogna said in a written statement to staff. "I have learned a lot from Bruce and I very am grateful for all of his help and mentoring over the past two years. It has been a pleasure to learn so much from someone whom I respect and appreciate as a leader and a person."
Scogna said the Board took a thoughtful approach to determine if a partnership would be advantageous for NCH to meet the future needs of patients, doctors, employees and the community.
"They believe that NCH is best equipped to meet the future needs of our community by having the flexibility to be innovative and nimble in the current healthcare environment," Scogna said.
Scogna said NCH has already started important strategic and operational initiatives to prepare the hospital and healthcare system for changes in response to the Affordable Care Act.
"We believe this work has provided the platform necessary to be successful in the future," Scogna said. "These initiatives have already started to yield results in terms of improving patient satisfaction and overall quality measurements, as well as reducing costs. Our focus will be on enhancing our partnerships with our physicians to better integrate our efforts to deliver the highest quality care to our communities. This will include coordination with other independent healthcare organizations to allow NCH to thrive in the provision of accountable care."
"As a community healthcare system, NCH will be able to ensure that decisions are made locally and with the sole purpose of delivering quality healthcare to the communities that we serve. We believe this is critical so that we can stay ahead of the curve and remain responsive to the needs of our patients, employees and doctors."