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Up Next: Opportunity Beckons

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

What a difference a year can make!

Last year at this time, I’d just been named president and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare. It was a dream come true—an opportunity to lead an independent, locally based hospital whose overriding commitment is to provide high-quality personalized care close to home. I learned a great deal my first year, including that I am surrounded by talented people who are devoted to St. Mary’s Healthcare and invested in our success.

In 2023, St. Mary’s saw:

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  • More people expressing appreciation for the care they receive.
  • More applicants wanting to join the St. Mary’s team.
  • More patients coming to the hospital, indicating that those who’d been leaving the region for medical care are starting to return home to St. Mary’s.

These early results confirm my belief that when people work together, it’s amazing what we can accomplish.

I am aware that we still have much work to do. Like hospitals all over the country, St. Mary’s faces significant financial challenges. Furthermore, as a community hospital, we bear an additional
responsibility. We must strengthen St. Mary’s financial position now to ensure that our community continues to have a local hospital for years to come.

Given our exceptional St. Mary’s team and the outpouring of support from our community, I am optimistic about the year ahead. I’m confident more people will turn to St. Mary’s and, because
of their care experience, will make us their hospital of choice—especially since we’ll be expanding and enhancing services.

We have exciting plans for orthopedics, cancer care, OB/GYN, behavioral health, and advanced medical imaging. Although finances are tight, these plans will help us grow our way out of some
of the tight spots. We’ll also be smarter and more strategic in other areas, and we’ll continue to collaborate with organizations that share our values and commitment to excellent healthcare.

We hear a lot about today’s challenging healthcare environment—and with good reason. Even so, healthcare remains one of the only fields where we get to make a difference every day in the lives
of others. It’s a privilege to do the work we do, and we do not take that for granted.

Thank you for trusting St. Mary’s to take care of you and your loved ones. It’s a trust we will continue to work hard to earn and to keep.


Jeff Methven






Jeff Methven, President and CEO