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Presidents Perspective

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Jim Brexler, CEO Doylestown Health

The Village Improvement Association and our hospital have long been cornerstones of the Central Bucks community. Generations of local families have been served by not only Doylestown Hospital, but also our affiliated organizations including the Pine Run Community and its Skilled Nursing Facility, Lakeview Personal Care, our Visiting Nurse and Hospice programs, the Surgery Center in the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, and the physicians who are employed through VIA Affiliates.

Today's consumers and the modern marketplace increasingly demand "value" when choosing goods and services, and the healthcare market is no different. Patients are better served when care is coordinated across settings, and payors want to deal with providers who demonstrate efficiency and quality outcomes. Doylestown Hospital and our affiliated entities, along with our local physician community, have been continually recognized at local and regional levels as high value medical providers. But it's time to proactively come together to relate to our patients and the market in new ways.

As part of our pledge to the continuous pursuit of quality and value, we have taken recent steps to reinforce our commitment to our community. We have spent the past year in an intense strategic planning initiative to find ways to better serve both our patients and the purchaser market. To emphasize our deliberate focus on providing a continuum of quality care and value for patients and families, we have taken several key actions:

  • We will use the name "Doylestown Health" to describe all of affiliated entities under one umbrella. People have known us by our parts, but now they will recognize that we are an interconnected system of health services, dedicated to caring for our community at all levels. You will still see "Doylestown Hospital" and "Pine Run Community" on our signs and literature – those brand names have deep roots that are recognized for quality service. But now "Doylestown Health" will become the brand name for the board continuum of services available.
  • The Board of Directors also approved an expanded mission and vision statement for our combined system: the mission of Doylestown Health will be "to continuously improve the quality of life and proactively advocate for the health and well being of the individuals we serve." The vision is "the enthusiastic pursuit of healthcare excellence through collaboration and innovation.

To accomplish this expanded mission and vision, we will continuously assess the range of services available to our community and take steps to close any gaps. An early example of our desire to serve the full care continuum focuses on pediatrics. We have long cared for children in our Emergency Department and outpatient centers, but we lacked an inpatient pediatric unit for children whose clinical condition required an overnight stay.

In Fall 2014 we will open The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center, a six-bed unit staffed by pediatric hospitalists and specially trained nurses and staff. We are very excited to offer this expanded pediatric service to our community, and to work with our medical community to ensure that appropriate pediatric specialty services are available.

Working collaboratively as Doylestown Health, we are proud to build on our heritage of service to our community's needs. We will continue to identify and respond to those needs by enhancing our care continuum across both inpatient and community settings. We are coming together in exciting new ways to provide value to our community through a system of dedicated health care professionals. We are Doylestown Health.

Sincerely,
Jim Brexler
President/CEO

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