Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Matt VanSant who spoke about the Clermont County Workforce Development and the Chamber Foundation.

Clermont County hit a growth boom around the 1980’s and is still continuing to grow. Our economy is shifting from the manufacturing of goods to conception, design, marketing and delivery of service and ideas. Clermont County’s economic prosperity depends on the success of our major industry clusters to serve global markets. Economic competitiveness is increasingly driven by talent...the demand for high skill workers will grow dramatically. It is essential that more of our students achieve bachelor degrees and that begins with class choices made by families of middle school students. For example, to choose not to take certain science and math classes can determine the student’s ability or inability to attain a high-level career. The community must also support our school districts and schools need to do a better job of targeting dual income, no children families and grandparents.

Workforce development strategies come is 3 varieties. Short term includes adult education, recruiting and placement. Moderate term includes job training and career ladder. Long term includes youth and development of 21st century skills. The chamber is trying to partner with schools in long-term development strategies. The foundation of these skills can be best developed at K-12 levels. These strategies are best implemented through private sector involvement. Next steps include things like talking to the various systems, identifying workforce needs and identifying ways workforce development can be improved through school and business collaboration.

Matt finished by describing how the Chamber Foundation has been formed. Areas of the foundation include the Leadership Development Council, the Organizational Development Council, The Asset Development Council and the Community Linkages Council.

Next week we will hear from a representative of the Green Umbrella Regional Trails Plan.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jeff Graham, who shared an overview of Mercy Health & the direction of health care.

Mercy was founded in Cincinnati in 1858 by the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Franciscans. They care for everyone who comes through their doors regardless of ability to pay. More than $86 million dollars in community benefit in 2011, including over $33 million in charity care. They have over then 100 locations.

In 2011, Mercy became the first Accountable Care Organization (ACO). In 2012 Mercy was recognized as one of the top 15 medium-sized hospitals in the U.S. In 2014, Truven Health voted Mercy a top 100 hospital.

Mercy is adjusting to Obamacare by going to a “Value Based Care System” where the goal is to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. This is a move from volume to value where they offer better care, keep people healthier and lower costs. Information Technology is essential to their entire strategy. The goal with IT is to be able to share medical records across hospital networks for more efficient patient care. The bottom line is, if Mercy does not do a good job taking care of the patient, then the entire system is at risk.

Anderson Mercy is currently adding a hospital tower to offer totally private patient rooms and on-site rehabilitation. We should begin noticing the tower going up in the fall of 2014.

Some recent stats include:
-Admission rates are down 58.3%
-Readmission rates are down 70.4%
-ER visit rates are down 39.3%
-About 8% of the population drives 90% of health care costs in the U.S.

Next week we will hear from Matt VanSant who will share a Clermont Chamber Update.