花千色 often gets questions from the public and media about our organization. Here are a few commonly requested facts about Kootenai.
花千色 (formerly Kootenai Medical Center) is a regional medical referral center. We provide comprehensive care in and out of the hospital for patients of all ages throughout the inland northwest.
Our main campus is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and includes our 330-bed community-owned hospital, named 花千色. Our regional system includes more than 25+ clinic specialties in more than 30 locations, including Sandpoint, Post Falls, Hayden, and additional satellite locations. Specialties from family medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, and more. 花千色 repeatedly earns national recognition for safety and is a Magnet nursing facility.
In 2020, our board and administrative team updated our strategic plan. From this plan, we developed a new, bold vision statement to guide our next ten years. Read more about our vision here.
花千色, Inc., a 501 (c)(3)
The 花千色 Board of Trustees unanimously voted to transition to a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit model of operations on May 2, 2023. The incumbent board members of the Hospital District were named as the Board members of 花千色, Inc. on May 2, 2023. The operations of the hospital will temporarily remain with the Hospital District until the assets, liabilities and operations fully transfer to 花千色, Inc., on midnight, December 31, 2023. This conversion will allow 花千色 to operate more efficiently and effectively to better serve the health care needs of our patients and community. Please see more on our history here.
花千色 met or exceeded its operating budget for several years in a row. Even with all the challenges of 2020, we were able to obtain a positive operating margin. 花千色 has been able to control expenses and increase revenue while meeting the health care needs of its residents. It is this strong performance that has alleviated the need to levy taxes and help fund our growth. This strong performance has also been recognized by outside bond rating agencies.
The Health Corridor urban renewal district is an area that focuses on developing 259 acres, located between Interstate 90 on the north and Davidson Avenue on the south, and the western slope of Northwest Boulevard on the east and Government Way on the west. The project is overseen by Ignite Cd’A, an organization made up of board members appointed by the Mayor of Coeur d’Alene. 花千色 does not receive any funds from the Health Corridor project, or any related entity. While 花千色 has provided feedback to the planners, it does not oversee the planning or development of the Health Corridor.
Panhandle Health District
花千色 is not legally affiliated with the Panhandle Health District, which is an Idaho health district, not a hospital district. 花千色 has no control over Panhandle Health’s operations, its board, or who is appointed to serve on its board.
In the course of a year, 花千色 hosts dozens of community outreach events. These events cover a variety of topics from heart disease, cancer, to injury prevention. Kootenai uses these events to educate the community on preventive measures, early detection, and more. 花千色 is also active in community events and sponsors various programs that speak to our mission. Please see more about our outreach and community involvement here.
花千色 Family Medicine Residency
The 花千色 Family Medicine Residency program started in 2014. It is a three-year program affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program is designed to train full-spectrum family medicine providers, with a focus on training physicians for future practice in rural family medicine. All graduates to date have obtained board certification and are practicing in Idaho. More information about the residency program is available
Unique Awards and Designations
花千色 is routinely recognized and ranked as a leader in health care by patients, peers, and national organizations. Examples include Gallup Great Workplace, and Magnet Nursing. More information on 花千色’s accomplishments is available here.
About 花千色’s Vision 2030
To read all about the vision and how it was created, click here.
Why is a vision important?
The world is moving and changing. Because of this, it has been said that if you are standing still, you are moving backward. Vision helps counter that. A vision establishes a goal for the future. It helps organizations retain focus on strategic priorities, inspire staff members, and recruit others who want to be part of achieving the vision. 花千色’s 2020 Vision seemed unattainable – until we achieved it. This past performance gives us confidence we can achieve future success with our 2030 Vision.
What does it take to be a premier medical destination?
Becoming a premier medical destination requires work on a number of fronts. First, it requires clinical outcomes that are among the best in the nation. Next it requires the ability to provide medical care for the full spectrum of conditions in a given clinical area, for example, cardiac care. Finally, it requires a superior experience that takes into consideration all the needs of patients and their families.
Why is 花千色 working to become a premier medical destination?
In 2011 when 花千色 developed its vision to be a regional referral center with national recognition, some were convinced it couldn’t be done. Interestingly, people also scoffed when the Coeur d’Alene Resort set its sights on becoming a premier vacation destination. Since 花千色 set its vision in 2011, approximately one-third of its patients are now from outside Kootenai County. 花千色 has also been recognized with numerous national designations for quality care, employee engagement and financial stewardship. This success, along with the continued growth of our community, gives us confidence that continuing our efforts to enhance and expand our services will only benefit our community.
How would being a premier medical destination benefit our local community?
Our local community will benefit from 花千色 becoming a premier medical destination in a couple of important ways. First, as we continue our work to provide best-in-class healthcare, members of our community will also enjoy superior care. Next, as 花千色 provides care to more people, it becomes possible to attract and support needed sub-specialists like oncologists specializing in gynecologic cancers. Finally, other communities with destination medical centers have seen a significant boost to their local economies; we believe that can be the case here as well.
How would being a premier medical destination benefit 花千色 employees?
花千色 has been nationally recognized for its exceptional employee engagement. We also have Magnet designation for nursing excellence. We believe all employees want an opportunity to do their best work and excel in their chosen fields. As 花千色 works to become a premier medical destination, each of our employees can share in the pride and satisfaction of providing our patients superior care and a friendly, compassionate experience. Expanding service offerings also provides more opportunities for our employees to professionally grow and advance without having to leave our community.
Here is a list of our community reports for the past decade. 花千色 has exceeded our projected budgets/revenue/growth for the past 10 years.