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Expert heads up health care talk in P’ville

Expert heads up health care talk in P’ville

As part of its strategic planning for sustainable, high-quality healthcare for residents of the Porterville area, Sierra View District Hospital is hosting meetings this week, around the theme “Driving Successful Transformational Strategies in the New Healthcare Environment.”

Dr. Thomas Royer is a nationally recognized veteran of more than 44 years in healthcare leadership. Discussions began on Monday and will continue through tomorrow, Oct. 17. The meetings will focus on options to help Sierra View align plans with district residents’ needs, while ensuring financial stability in the face of uncertainties created by the Affordable Care Act, reduced government reimbursement for services and healthcare costs.

Royer is CEO of the Dallas-based healthcare consulting firm Royer-Maddox-Herron Advisors. He was founding CEO and President of Christus Health, one of the nation’s 10 largest Catholic healthcare systems, serving Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mexico.

After transitioning into a CEO emeritus role for Christus, Royer served as interim CEO of the Parkland Health System in Dallas before beginning his consultant practice. During the sessions, Royer’s presentations will touch on:

- Identifying major drivers of change in healthcare today.

- Developing a clear understanding of the future healthcare landscape.

- Examining critical transformation strategies that must be embraced.

- Advancing a roadmap for a sustainable, thriving Sierra View and the people it serves.

Sierra View CEO and President Donna Hefner, welcomes the discussions as a springboard to stimulating ideas from medical staff, hospital staff and district board members.

“We are striving to offer the range of high quality programs, equipment, facilities and qualified workforce that meets the needs of our patients and the safety and quality of care our community deserves,” Hefner said.

The sessions are planned to include the hospital’s medical staff and leadership team, Sierra View District and Foundation board members; as well as business and civic leaders. Royer also will speak at several meetings of service organizations in Porterville and Springville and will visit the Tule Indian Reservation.

Royer’s interactions with the community will provide current and relevant input about healthcare needs, a vital steppingstone to collaborating on the innovative strategic plan, Hefner said.

But any plan must have built-in flexibility, she cautioned, adding, “Because modern healthcare is both ever-changing and vital to all of us. We want Sierra View District Hospital to be fully prepared to meet new, unexpected challenges while maintaining our high quality core services and values.”

Royer is familiar with the unique challenges of healthcare systems serving San Joaquin Valley communities.

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