Today’s blog comes to us from Steve Purves, President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). Here he shares his thoughts on the success, challenges and the future of healthcare in Arizona. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues facing us here in Arizona is another way we are working to make our state the Healthiest State in the Nation!
• What are the biggest hurdles in providing care?
Frankly, it’s leadership and the willingness to do things differently. As a result, we are seeing examples of non-traditional approaches to tackling the many shortcomings in the healthcare industry coming from other industries.
• What are the greatest health needs in your community?
It is clearly the social determinants of health. Food insecurity, health literacy, transportation, affordable housing are huge impediments to achieving optimal health. Partnerships and coordination between healthcare and social service organizations and an aligned payment system are necessary if we are to make meaningful progress.
• When you think about the future, what are you most hopeful for?
Greater collaboration and coordination within and among communities to maximize the incredible technology we have to improve health and healthcare.
• What is your facility’s greatest recent success?
There are several. First is the foresight of our governing board to recognize that we needed to reinvent our health system and our care model. This is underway through the resources provided through Proposition 480 which was approved by voters in 2014. Second is the remarkable financial turnaround and improvement in operations that has occurred at MIHS since 2013. As a public health system, stewardship of resources and quality are key accountabilities to the people we serve.
• What keeps you up at night?
Our healthcare system is incredibly complex, but at the end of the day, we rely heavily on the skill, competency and stewardship of our people to protect patients. That said, our systems and leadership methods need to be state of the art in order to support the incredible dedication and compassion of our caregivers. Barriers to achieving the best possible clinical outcomes and experiences for our patients and families are what keeps me up at night.