CHA Health WAS Good!
Last weekend a very special event took place at Shillito Park here in
Lexington. There was a reunion for staff and their families who
previously worked for the managed care organization known as CHA Health.
CHA Health was created in the mid 1990's by the UK Medical Center and
five other hospital systems in central, northern and eastern Kentucky.
This was the initial step in the creation of an "integrated delivery
system." I had the privilege of serving as the CEO of CHA Health from
May of 1998 until January of 2004.
Last Saturday approximately 75 of the CHA Health "family" got
together to share great food and memories of the times we shared at
CHA. It was so good to reconnect with folks that I had not seen since I
left in January 2004.
For those of you who have been following the national Health Care
Reform activities, one of the new approaches envisioned in the world of
reform is "Accountable Care Organizations" which bring together
providers to focus on providing quality health care. I couldn't help but
think about how CHA could be considered an early demonstration of an
accountable care approach.
One of the marketing slogans we used in the CHA days was "CHA Health -
Change is Good!" The advertisements featured an adorable red haired
little girl (not my daughter) reciting this slogan. The cake (pictured
above) displayed a version of this slogan- CHA Health- Change Was Good!
I prefer to shorten the slogan to summarize what I feel all of those in
attendance would say: CHA Health - Was Good!!