8/19/2021 - Thank you
If you’ve read or watched local news lately, the headlines tell a story I never imagined possible: “We’re out of beds.” “Canceling all surgeries.” “Nowhere to transfer patients.” I can confirm that these accounts accurately reflect what Asante and our employees are facing daily.
During this pandemic, our employees have shouldered some of the greatest burdens this community has ever faced. I, along with our leadership, will continue to pursue every possible measure to help relieve that burden.
We continue to ask for help from the state, and in the coming week 150 nonclinical personnel from the Oregon National Guard will be arriving to help with staffing needs in our hospitals, the contact center and urgent care locations. Asante has also asked the state for clinical personnel support and is awaiting a decision on that request, and a few others.
Our hospitals and medical clinics, along with others in Oregon and across the country, are at a critical tipping point in the pandemic as we care for an unprecedented number of patients. Through it all, we’ll continue to educate and share information with our community in a transparent, factual manner, and the voices of our employees will help tell our story through their experiences.
It’s not easy hearing comments that go against what our health system knows to be true; however, we won’t be distracted from our Mission and Vision and what we do best, and that is to make a difference in the lives of people we serve by providing excellent patient care.
“Thank you” hardly seems enough to express my gratitude for the compassion, dedication, skill and perseverance of our employees, medical staff and volunteers. They are respected and appreciated.
Asante President and CEO
3/30/2021 - Happy Doctor's Day
Today we celebrate Doctor's Day. Thank you to all the heroes at Asante who care for us daily and protected our community through this pandemic. We are grateful for all the sacrifices you made to keep us safe.
12/30/2020 - Reflecting on 2020
The holidays provide an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened during the year and what’s to come in the year ahead.
I’m confident of a strong future for Asante, as well as for our Asante family, as we care for each other, our patients and our community.
My warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy new year.
Asante President and CEO
12/8/2020 - Shooting in Ashland
At Asante, we are saddened by the recent shooting of Ashland resident Aidan Ellison. After a year of challenges with the pandemic and the wildfires, it is disturbing to see national trends of violence, allegedly along racial lines, also playing out in our local community.
That is why Asante is committed to curtailing violence within our walls. This year we have renewed our focus on preventing workplace violence for all of our employees, clinicians, patients and their families. Our emphasis on providing high quality care within a safe environment sets a standard for peaceful interaction that we hope will reverberate through our facilities and the entirety of southern Oregon.
11/25/2020 - Thanksgiving thoughts
This is the season to rejoice in the things that we are most grateful for, and I am grateful to be part of such a caring community.
I believe it’s safe to say this year has not been an easy one for any of us. And yet, we show up every day to support each other.
It’s one of my life’s blessings to work alongside inspiring and dedicated people including our health care workers, volunteers and community partners. I am truly humbled by your never-ending compassion and drive for the greater good.
On this Thanksgiving, my wish for you, your family and everyone in our community is a time of peace and respite. May you find joy in the moments with loved ones.
Asante President and CEO
09/30/2020 - Community lives here
Our Southern Oregon community never ceases to inspire me. There are countless examples of incredible work being done to support our community's fire victims, including nearly 100 Asante employees who lost their homes.
I'm humbled by the outpouring of compassion shown to our Asante family and the entire community with donations of food, clothing and supplies.
I'm proud of our 6,000 employees who mobilized within hours to fill the Smullin Center with critically needed items, and who stayed at work long past their shifts to care for our patients — even when their own homes and families were being evacuated.
Financial support has come from businesses, youths, our neighbors and friends. Asante's wildfire relief fund has received donations from across the county and as far away as London, England.
I'm incredibly grateful to our community partners, who at the height of danger, were prepared to evacuate our Medford hospital. Both Mercy Flights and RVTD had transportation ready to move our patients to safety. Their readiness and the tireless work of our caregivers ensured patient care was never compromised.
As healing begins, Asante will be here to provide health-related resources to help people through this devastating experience. There's no doubt the fires will have a lasting impact; however, with resiliency, this shared experience will bring us closer together as a community.
Asante president and CEO
06/18/2020 - Don't delay care [video]