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A message from our president and CEO, Joe Sluka

Author: Joe Sluka, 9/27/2019 10:00:00 AM

Lately I’ve been feeling really lucky to live in this vibrant Central Oregon community.

It seems every week brings new, fun opportunities to get to know the people our health system is privileged to serve. And every time I get that opportunity, I’m reminded of how important it is for St. Charles to be out and about in this region, listening to your thoughts, questions and concerns about the health care industry.

In early September, I had the chance to speak at the Bend YP Summit – an event put on by the Bend Chamber of Commerce that focuses on networking and growth opportunities for young professionals. Just being in a room full of energetic young minds felt exciting. I challenged them to help us innovate and make health care more accessible for all. My hope is that some great ideas come our way from the next generation of Central Oregonians.

This past weekend, St. Charles brought inspirational speaker Alex Banayan to Central Oregon to share the resounding message from his book “The Third Door.” He spoke to about 300 St. Charles leaders on Sept. 20 and then shared his message at an event open to the community at Mt. Bachelor Village that evening. For me, the takeaway was simple. After interviewing the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, Banayan found the key to success is rooted in attitude. His mantra is clear: When you change what you believe is possible, you change what becomes possible.

In addition to these events in Bend, we held a Town Hall in Prineville this week and invited members of the community to meet our new vice president and hospital administrator, Todd Shields. It was an open forum where we provided some information on the latest health care happenings and then had a great conversation. We really appreciate all those who took the time to attend and are looking forward to our next Town Hall in Madras on Oct. 1 where we will introduce vice president and hospital administrator David Golda.

Finally, St. Charles launched a new speaker series in September featuring the expertise of our many providers. The first DocTalks event on Sept. 18 at McMenamins was a huge success. Dr. David Dedrick spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about the importance of sleep, how to get enough and how to know if you’re getting good-quality sleep.

To see Dr. Dedrick’s full presentation, visit the Doc Talks page on our website. There, you can also learn more about upcoming events in this series.

There’s never a lack of things to do in Central Oregon, and we at St. Charles are proud to be part of that. I’ll see you out there.


Joe Sluka
President and CEO
St. Charles Health System