Letter to the Community

Scott Ingledue

An Open Letter to the Community

The past year has been an eventful one at Alliance Community Hospital. There have been several changes as we evolve to address the changing needs of our community. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide the best patient-centered care possible for our patients.

In my 30 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alliance Citizens Health Association including 21 years as chairman, we have evolved into a premier hospital and health care system serving Stark, Portage and Columbiana counties, and we remain the only PLANETREE hospital in Ohio.

PLANETREE continues to be what sets us apart from other healthcare options. PLANETREE means that our healthcare team goes to great lengths to personalize the patient experience and everyone at the hospital is committed to meeting the needs of our patients, and also their families. You can see PLANETREE in action and further evidence of how we care for each other by accessing the video from our recent Colleague Recognition dinner at the following link on our website, https://www.achosp.org/about-us/planetree.

We are fortunate to have an excellent medical team and deeply committed volunteers as well as a staff of hard-working colleagues who are experts in their fields. We also feature experienced and dedicated members of the Board of Trustees whose strategic thinking has guided the vision for the hospital for many years. We also have forged strategic partnerships with other educational and health care facilities in order to strengthen our ability to serve our community.

As we have evolved, it has become necessary for us to strategically reach out to other health care providers and by combining resources, we are able to serve our community better.

For example, this past summer, our Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) combined with Aultman’s program to bring together two very successful and highly sought programs to better serve our area. Our longstanding VNA has been a critical program to assist families who need help and it has become stronger as a result of our partnership with Aultman.

Also, this past June, you may have read that Alliance Community Hospital signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Aultman Hospital in a partnership that we are confident will make our hospital a stronger healthcare force in the community. This agreement, which is expected to be completed and approved by early 2018, is complex but we are confident that the final pieces will be in place on schedule and the transition will be seamless.

I have been asked that once this agreement is finalized, what will change and what will stay the same? In order to be transparent, here is what you can expect:

What will change at Alliance Community Hospital?

• Access to broader medical care through Aultman’s regional health care network
• More shared resources between ACH and Aultman
• Added services in Alliance based on community need
• Shared governance that includes a new board with equal representation selected by the Alliance Citizens Health Association Board and the Aultman Health Foundation Board.

What will stay the same at Alliance Community Hospital?

• The PLANETREE culture of patient-first will remain
• ACH will remain a not-for-profit community hospital
• The name will remain Alliance Community Hospital
• Funds contributed to the Alliance Community Hospital Foundation will be used solely to provide health services and health care in the Alliance community for many years to come

While 2018 promises to be a transition year as we work out the details of our new arrangement, I am pleased to report that we will continue to move ahead on other pending projects. For example, you may have read recently that the CommQuest Alliance Detox and Recovery Unit has opened its operations on the third floor of the hospital. This arrangement will allow affected people to get treated closer to home.

Also, our vision for a Family Hospice Center has progressed from dream to closer to reality as we have finalized architectural renderings and drawings; we plan to complete the project in 2018. Hospice plays such an important role in providing comfort and care to patients and family when time is short and stress is high. We believe this new center will benefit hospice patients and their families in many ways but most of all allows for meticulous attention and care to be provided in a serene environment at an intensely personal moment in life’s cycle.

With all the rapid changes in healthcare, it is difficult to predict the future. We have chosen our partner wisely and know the Aultman Health Network is the right fit. In so doing, we are combining resources with a healthcare network that we are familiar with and with which we have shared programming and resources for the past 20-plus years. Recent examples include that Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital, the Aultman Cancer Center of Alliance Community Hospital and Aultman Radiation Oncology of Alliance Community Hospital.

I can assure you that at Alliance Community Hospital we remain committed to being a non-profit hospital that puts our patients first while proudly serving our community. We have been working very hard to maintain the trust and confidence you have expressed in us.

Even with our new pending arrangement with Aultman, we know who we are and remain steadfast in serving the needs of our community. When given the choice regarding health care, I hope you will continue to put your trust in us at Alliance Community Hospital.

Most sincerely,

Scott L. Ingledue, Chairman
Board of Trustees
Citizens’ Health Association

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