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Posted on Apr 21, 2016

Confluence joins effort to identify local health care model

Confluence Health has accepted an invitation by the Port of Quincy and city of Quincy to join a new community team that will determine if there is a sustainable model for health care in the community.
In a letter to Jeff Davis, vice president of business development at Confluence Health, the port and city ask Davis to consider particpating with this community team “in developing a potential health care model that meets the requirements of the Quincy community.”
The letter follows a March 28 meeting between about 30 city leaders and Davis. At the meeting, Davis gave a presentation, explaining Confluence Health’s history and some of its partnerships around the area. Confluence Health serves Grant, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties and has clinics in 11 communities.
On Wednesday, Davis confirmed Confluence Health would be joining this new group.
“We are pleased to be invited to particate in the conversation,” he said.
Davis said that the hospital’s role on the team will be as a “resource,” not as a “leader or desicion-maker.” He added that Confluence Health’s interest is in “primary care” for Quincy, not in the “future of the hospital.”
Meanwhile, at a quarterly meeting of Quincy’s leaders on Monday, Randy Zolman, chairman of the Quincy Valley Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners, asked community leaders there to appoint a representative of their organizations to the hospital’s new Health Care Advisory Committee. The committee will formulate a short-term and long-term strategic plan for the hospital, Zolman said.
The hospital is hiring a consultant to lead the group. Zolman said he expects that to cost from $30,000 to $35,000.
The hospital, which is about $3.8 million in debt to Grant County, last week announced it is closing its extended care unit, called the North Wing. About 10 employees were let go with the closure. Interim CEO Jerry Hawley said the hospital’s chief financial officer also was terminated last week.
After the Monday leadership meeting, Brian Kuest, Port of Quincy commissioner, said there is room for the two groups in Quincy.
“That’s not all bad,” Kuest said. “Maybe they can come together.”
Besides, he said, they both have similar goals.
“At the end of the day, we are all striving to find what that model is,” Kuest said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,