Hospital board chair sees bright future
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The current expansion will make Hudson Hospital and Clinic an even stronger organization
By Doug Stohblerg
Dr. Bill Gold of Hudson is chair of the Hudson Hospital Board of Directors and proud of the progress the hospital has made in the past. He looks forward to an even brighter future.
“We always want to do what is best for the community,” Gold said. “I’ve seen the hospital and caregivers adapt to changing times, but the vision has been, and always will be, to provide the best care to the community and region.”
Gold has been on the board since 2007 and became chair in April 2008.
“I’m more familiar with the recent past, but I’ve seen a number of things that have been extremely important to our success.”
He noted three recent milestones.
First, the move to the current campus 10 years ago. Before that came the initial association with HealthPartners in 1999 and the good relationship with the community physician partners.
Second came the even closer relationship with HealthPartners in 2008 when Hudson Hospital joined the organization.
Third is the current construction and expansion of services with the new addition scheduled to open later this year.
“Joining HealthPartners allowed us to associate with a strong organization without giving up a lot,” Gold said. “It allows us to be part of the HealthPartners family and solve problems together. We had nearly 10 years together before joining. We knew them and they knew us. This was not an acquisition, but a partnership. It was best for our community.”
He said the current expansion will make Hudson Hospital and Clinic an even stronger organization. For some time, the hospital and clinic have been providing space for more and more specialty physicians and the current expansion will expand those services even more.
“It will allow us to bring more services to our campus,” Gold said. “We planned for this a few years ago and our projections were accurate. We need more space for specialty physicians. Again, it is part of offering the highest quality of services to our community and region.”
Being associated with HealthPartners has already paid dividends, including the construction and operation of the Cancer Center in New Richmond.
“At first we had some concerns about the location,” Gold said. “It soon became apparent that by working with other partners, we could offer the same or better care as is offered in the Twin Cities, in a local setting. Patient response has been very positive and the care has been excellent.
“By teaming with HealthPartners we have a regional perspective.”
In addition to Hudson, other HealthPartner facilities in the area include Westfields Hospital in New Richmond and Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater.
As far as the future is concern, Gold believes Hudson hospital is in excellent condition.
“We are well positioned,” Gold said.
He noted the strong working relationship with many physicians and specialists. With the HealthPartners element, Gold said the local hospital is prepared for future changes—be it treatment, legislation, re-imbursements, demographics or health care.
“Of course, I have learned as a board member that the success of our organization begins with very dedicated staff,” Gold said. “They define who we are.”
Dr. Bill Gold
Dr. Bill Gold is a healthcare consultant with expertise in health plan care management, quality management and organizational effectiveness. He operates his business, Bill Gold md, out of his Hudson home.
His background includes practicing in obstetrics and gynecology, with advanced training in high risk pregnancy. He left practice in 1996 and joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and served as chief medical officer. In 2006 he joined Healthways, Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn, and served as senior vice president of insights and innovations. He launched his consulting business in 2008.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Gold earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College and a medical degree from the University of Iowa. He completed a residency at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has also held academic positions at Georgetown University and Texas A&M College of Medicine prior to his move to the Midwest.
The Hudson Hospital Board of Director includes members of the medical staff, HealthPartners and the community. Gold is considered a community member. In addition to Gold, the current board includes Linda Zeits, Susie Gilbert, Ruth Misenko, Marian Furlong, Dr. Mark Stannard, Dr. Burke Kealey, Steve Kirby, John Clymer, Scott Schnuckle, Brock Nelson, Mike Sellman, Dr. Greg Young and Dr. Dennis Hartung.