In his first three months as CEO, Wade Johnson has worked diligently to get a feel for the staff and providers of St. Peter’s as well as the overall environment of the organization. Every day, he makes time to get on the front line of care, visiting with laundry workers and facility engineers to physicians and nurses. He has also honed a listening ear to gain awareness of current issues within the community, and pairs it with his knowledge of the impending changes in the health care industry.
Moving forward, Johnson plans to lead St. Peter’s through a transformation that will elevate the standard of health care delivery to a place where all Montanans can be proud.
According to Johnson, this will require St. Peter’s to challenge the way it does its work—starting at the top. Recently, St. Peter’s board of directors redesigned the organization’s governance structure to better support the complex system of services that St. Peter’s now offers, while also giving the organization the flexibility to thrive in the face of significant industry change.
This resulted in a new name for the organization—St. Peter’s Health—and the creation of a St. Peter’s Health board to focus on the long-term, strategic priorities of the organization, along with operating boards for the hospital and one for the physician clinics that will focus on quality and performance. An additional six physicians have been added to these boards, a move Johnson believes will lead to better outcomes for patients while building a stronger operational foundation to attract top medical talent.
St. Peter’s plans to roll out the new St. Peter’s Health brand in January 2018.
“St. Peter’s is much more than a hospital,” said Johnson. “Our new name not only communicates the breadth and depth of our services, it also represents a shift in our thinking: from a hospital that heals people when they’re sick to a team of health care professionals working together to keep people well.”
Johnson explained that this is a national trend with a more universal shift away from hospitals being at the center of health care.
“Hospitals used to be hub of the wheel,” explained Johnson. “Today’s great health care organizations see the patient as the hub of the wheel and the hospital and other services, like primary care or diagnostic imaging, as the spokes. The patient must be at the center of all that we do.”
He may only be three months into his new role at St. Peter’s, but Johnson has already demonstrated his dedication to and enthusiasm for the direction the organization is moving in.
“The transformation at St. Peter’s over the next few years is going to be monumental,” said Johnson. “With the proper focus and discipline, we can leverage the resources and talent we already have in the organization while expanding into other areas that will enable us to better serve the community’s needs,” said Johnson.