Summit Pacific’s Dr. William Hurley, MD Receives State Award from Washington Rural Health Association

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Dr. William Hurley, MD and Chief Medical Officer of Summit Pacific Medical Center received the Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner.

The Washington Rural Health Association (WRHA) has awarded Dr. William Hurley, Chief Medical Officer at Summit Pacific Medical Center (SPMC), with the Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner. On Wednesday March 16, he was honored for his contributions to rural health at the Regional Rural Health Conference in Spokane, WA. Each year, members of the WRHA nominate various individuals across the state who have made significant contributions in the field of rural health care.

“Dr. Hurley is a key leader responsible for revitalizing healthcare here in East Grays Harbor and instrumental in implementing new services to help improve the health status of our community,” said Renee Jensen, CEO at SPMC. “Dr. Hurley is extremely talented and consciousness of not only providing great patient care but developing us as an organization that can recruit and retain the highest caliber medical talent as well.”

Dr. Hurley is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medial Toxicology. He has served and protected our country at war. He provided lifesaving support for our troops in Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Dr. Hurley has served as a physician instructor and professor at the University of Washington for over 15 years and has been training Emergency Medicine physicians at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma for over a decade. Dr. Hurley is a nationally renowned clinical Toxicologist who has served as the Director for the Washington State Poison Control Center. As a Master Trainer for the Team STEPPS program, he has delivered hundreds of seminars across the country and locally as a content expert in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, and team training. He has been published in over 40 books, journals, articles and has been called upon to present on national news channels such as CNN. He maintains his skills in patient care by working shifts at Washington State’s largest trauma center, Harborview Medical Center, in addition to the shifts he covers at SPMC.

SPMC will be inviting the public to attend a celebration in Honor of Dr. Hurley’s achievement; additional information about the event will be released when a date for the celebration has been chosen.

The Dr. John Anderson Memorial Award for Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner recognizes the late Dr. John Anderson, a dedicated physician and a leader in the development of a system to ensure that physicians and other health care have an opportunity to work in the rural communities of Washington State. This award is based on the demonstrated leadership skills and the dedication to provide quality healthcare services to rural communities. For more information on both the WRHA, the WRHA awards and/or to view a list of all of this year’s award recipients, visit www.wrha.com/wrha-awards.

Renee Jensen accepted the award on behalf of Hurley in Spokane, Wash. Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Renee Jensen, CEOn accepted the award on behalf of Hurley in Spokane, Wash. Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Award nomination written by Renee Jensen, CEO of Summit Pacific Medical Center

Professional Achievement:

Dr. Hurley is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medial Toxicology. He has not only served our country as an extremely talented Emergency Medicine physician, but he has also served and protected our country at war. He provided lifesaving support for our troops in Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Dr. Hurley has served as a physician instructor and professor at the University of Washington for over 15 years. He has been teaching and training Emergency Medicine physicians at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma for over a decade, helping to prepare the next generation of physicians who serve our country. He has been the medical director of emergency services for several large regional hospitals as well as lending his leadership skills to smaller rural hospitals in need. Dr. Hurley is a nationally renowned clinical Toxicologist who has served as the Director for the Washington State Poison Control Center. As a Master Trainer for the Team STEPPS program, he has delivered hundreds of seminars across the country and locally as a content expert in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, and team training. He has been published in over 40 books, journals, articles and has been called upon to present on national news channels such as CNN. He maintains his skills in patient care by working shifts at Washington State’s largest trauma center, Harborview Medical Center, in addition to the shifts he covers at Summit Pacific Medical Center (SPMC).

Leadership:

Dr. Hurley was a key leader responsible for revitalizing a medical center in a rural community by performing a financial turnaround, construction of a brand new green-field hospital and implementation of much needed services to improve the health status of the community.

When Hurley joined the Mark Reed Healthcare team, the future viability of the facility was questionable, staff and community attitudes were poor. The District population twice rejected building-replacement levies. Shortly after Hurley’s arrival, the CMO (the only physician leadership in the entire organization) relocated out of state. Hurley saw the desperate need and stepped up to fill the much needed physician leadership role despite the current state of the organization. Through his leadership, the provider team has grown from 12 to over 50. The medical staff members are now engaged leaders helping to move the organization forward.

Summit Pacific Medical Center opened February 17, 2013. With the support of Hurley, the move to the new facility was seamless, including all service lines and patient transfers. The new facility quadruples the square footage of the original hospital and is a magnificent asset for the community. Patient utilization and volume increases illustrate the tremendous need in the community for this replacement facility.

Since opening, a hospitalist program has been initiated with 24/7 coverage. MRI and Ultrasound services have been added. In less than two years, the net operating revenue doubled. Acute patient days, emergency visits, clinic visits and other outpatient services increased 82% to 90%.

Innovation:

Hurley challenges status quo with his work in healthcare transformation. He is responsible for leading the provider team at SPMC that is implementing total care transformation. SPMC is one year into its journey of shifting the care delivery system from volume to value. Hurley has been instrumental in integrating the medical staff leadership into the processes that support broad population health management and achievement of the Triple Aim. Through his innovative leadership he has engaged the providers who have become champions of this difficult, yet pioneering transformation process.

Dr. Hurley has embraced innovation to solve many challenges at SPMC. Through his leadership, he transitioned the Emergency Department physician group from a purchased service-staffing agency, to a solely independent, SPMC physician group. Hurley leveraged the innovative solution of recruiting passionate, service oriented physicians from the Army whose passion around ‘service before self’ aligned with his vision of transforming care in a rural community. Through connections with Madigan Army Medical Center, he is able to provide benefit to both organizations by rotating physicians to SPMC during their leave time. These physicians provide a valuable resource to an underserved rural community and in turn, Army physicians have the opportunity to experience rural medicine in an environment where support resources for physicians are limited. The visiting physicians have dramatically enhanced the quality of care provided. These physicians are recently trained in emergency medicine; they are sharing the newest medical techniques, innovative skills and the ability to implement the use of new technologies.

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