Iron County Hospital District may be facing the biggest challenges its seen since opening, but we’ve also got a lot going for us. We just received a prestigious Grant through the National Rural Health Resource Center and we were one of only nine in the entire country to receive it. The award is a mouthful, titled “Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program”, and it extends for three full years. Through this program we will receive substantial technical assistance that aims to first help us get through these tough times and stabilize financially. Next, it focuses on helping us strengthen our Community Health Network as we improve population health and community care coordination. The end goal is a healthier stronger community that has a sustainable healthcare system in place that provides value-based care. I am confident that this program will help us move forward through our struggles to a place of sustainability. In an effort to achieve financial sustainability, we are asking Iron County residents to support a ½ cent sales tax increase. This additional tax is only being sought after we have done all we can to sustain on our own. While this additional tax will generate approximately $400K per year, it alone is not sufficient to save us. We are working on a variety of opportunities to make ICMC sustainable, including the expansion of our 340b program with the local pharmacies, grant opportunities, the sales tax increase, and looking at the potential to move the Family Care Clinic back in house to optimize reimbursements. It will take a number of opportunities to get us out of the current hole we are in and back on track, having your support for your hospital will help make the difference. The sales tax if approved will remain in effect unless and until it was to be voted out.
As always, I am proud to be part of such a caring community and surrounded by such an amazing team who are constantly going above and beyond to do whatever it takes to help us survive.