Jim Broyles accepts job as hospital CEO

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After three months working as the acting head administrator of Benewah Community Hospital, the board made it official.

“Jim Broyles proved himself capable and talented in his position during the last three months,” Mike LaPlante, the hospital board chair, said. “He had to make some difficult decisions and has handled some tough situations well. Additionally he has brought unity and harmony to the facility, and we are optimistic for the future. We expect good things from him.”

Mr. Broyles accepted the full-time position as the hospital’s CEO last week.

Jim Broyles (white jacket) accepted the CEO position at Benewah County Hospital last week. Here he is surrounded by doctors, nurses and other staff he works with daily including Dr. Karen Libsch, Janelle Buell, Meloni Donohoe,Tonia Thaut, Tracy Schwartsman, Susanne Reep and Kristi Masterson.

Jim Broyles (white jacket) accepted the CEO position at Benewah County Hospital last week. Here he is surrounded by doctors, nurses and other staff he works with daily including Dr. Karen Libsch, Janelle Buell, Meloni Donohoe,Tonia Thaut, Tracy Schwartzman, Susanne Reep and Kristi Masterson.

“My goal was to not act like an interim employee, but to work as if I already was the CEO, making necessary judgments and moving the medical center in a positive direction,” he said. “Frankly I’ve been so busy that I never thought about being an interim, I just did what I felt needed to be done.”

Part of that work included guiding the hospital through the recertification process. For the first time in eight years the hospital underwent a federal inspection. The facility passed inspection exceeding expectations in each area especially when it comes to infections.

“In reviewing national statistics we champion our zero percent hospital acquired infection rate and zero percent surgical site infection rate,” Mr. Broyles said. “This sets us way above national standards and makes this a premier place for people who need surgery and post surgical care.”

Mr. Broyles will also continue as the director of nursing.

“Though both jobs are full-time, 24 hours a day 7 days a week positions, I am a registered nurse, I have an assistant and the roles really do complement each other in a smaller facility such as ours,” he said. “We may find a need to hire somebody for the nursing position in the future but for now the board would like me to continue in the dual role.”

Mr. Broyles accepted the position because of the tremendous support he received from the community and staff and because he felt it is the right place to be.

“The incredible support I have received energized me and I felt that I could not refuse the offer,” he said. “Also the successful recertification gave me more confidence that I was in the right place, doing the right thing.”

Mr. Broyles said the hospital is making some changes and planning for future projects and programs.

The hospital now offers a full team of certified nurses and pharmacists in the chemotherapy program, and is restructuring the clinic to improve service.

The clinic has a doctor every day who is dedicated to walk-in patients without an appointment. The hospital is working to revitalize the childbirth education program, and recently started offering low-dose CT scans for assessing tobacco users for lung cancer.

New equipment includes a cardiac treadmill that will send data to a cardiologist located elsewhere in real time, making it possible for a patient to get feedback from their regular doctor and a specialist in the same visit. Mr. Broyles said in the future the hospital would like to start a community asthma education program, and have a great presence in orthopedics.

Two significant projects Mr. Broyles said he is working on is a plan to add behavioral and mental health to the hospital’s list of services and organize a hospital chaplaincy program through the local ministerial association.

Mr. Broyles said he plans to work in the position for as long as he is needed.

“I really am doing it for the right reason,” he said. “I am not worried about the next big promotion in life. It is an honor to be here. How many people are blessed to do the things they love every day? I live in St. Maries, help manage the hospital, get to see patients, teach at the high school and get participate in a community music program. All of these things give me incredible self satisfaction.”

The public is invited to a reception to recognize Mr. Broyles’ advancement between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Blue Spruce Café.

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