A man named Nehemiah once said, “Let us Rise Up and Build.” Nehemiah knew that it takes leadership to translate vision into reality. For 15 years now, we’ve been building on a vision that dates back to 1973. We’ve made a lot of progress in a relatively short period of time, investing millions of dollars in the continued development of RHN’s People, Platforms (buildings and technology) and Processes; and, as the old saying goes, “The Best is Yet to Come.” And so, I think it’s only fitting that our theme for 2017 be nothing other than: “Building the Vision.”

2017 will undoubtedly be another challenging and exciting year. We look forward to working with and getting to know a whole new group of great People, professionals like RHN’s new Managed Care Coordinator, Ida Wilson, Dr. Matthew Turrie, Dr. Ghassan Khoury, Dr. Anastasiia Patterson, Dr. Ilan Kiselstein, Amy Stovall, FNP and their medical and dental support staff. With regard to Platforms, we’ll introduce a new Dental EHR (May/June), develop and launch a new Website (February/March), and of course, in keeping with our theme for the year, the construction of a new $9 million dollar, 27K SF Health Center in SE Amarillo (October/November). With respect to Processes, RHN will participate in Compliance and Performance Management initiatives such as an on-site Re-accreditation Survey by The Joint Commission (March), an on-site Performance Review with RHN’s HRSA Project Officer (August/September), and participation in the Texas Panhandle Clinical Partners (TPCP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) (January). And if all that’s not enough to keep you entertained, there’ll be the drama of reality TV, airing live each day, from that big white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Will there be hiccups, bumps and even a few snafu’s along the way? Absolutely, but RHN has great leadership at every level, and I have no doubt, that through it all, “As We Do What We Do, The Way We Do It,” we’ll make a profound difference in the lives of those we serve.” So I encourage each of you to “Pick up a shovel” and let’s go to work.