Last fall, St. Charles leaders held in-person Town Hall events in La Pine, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. We served breakfast and encouraged community members to join us as we shared the latest St. Charles news and opened it up for conversation, questions and dialogue.

As always, it was fun and inspiring to get out and meet people – to hear your thoughts about your health care first-hand and to be able to share our story.

This year, of course, things look a little different as in-person gatherings are highly discouraged due to the pandemic.

While COVID-19 continues to impact the way we do things, we still believe in the importance of community conversations and are using the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic to try something new.

It is our hope that you will join us.

At 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, we will hold a virtual town hall. The beginning of the program will include a brief presentation from me, Dr. Jeff Absalon, our chief physician executive, and Jenn Welander, our chief financial officer. We will review the current “state of St. Charles,” along with our COVID-19 response and recovery and some general health system financial information.

Then, we’ll move into several virtual break-out rooms. You will have the chance to register in advance and decide which community you are most interested in learning more about. Sessions in each break-out room will be led by St. Charles caregivers from Bend, Madras, La Pine, Redmond, Prineville and Sisters with time for questions and discussion.

We want to hear how you are doing, what you need from your local health care system and how we can best serve you. We also want you to understand the challenges the health care industry faces and how the pandemic has increased some of those challenges.

Please register for this event today and encourage your friends and family to join us as well.

We are looking forward to a fun, informative and community-building night.


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