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We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. We’re recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence!

Today we're highlighting Syringa Hospital & Clinics in Grangeville, Idaho. Syringa Hospital & Clinics recruited a family medicine physician assistant through 3RNet! Congrats!

Read more about Syringa Hospital & Clinics’ community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts: 

Tell us a bit about Syringa Hospital & Clinics.

Syringa Hospital & Clinics is comprised of an acute care, 15-bed Critical Assess Hospital (CAH) with an attached Rural Hospital Clinic (RHC) specializing in Family Medicine located in beautiful North Central Idaho. In addition to the Grangeville clinic there is also a clinic in Kooskia, Idaho.  The facility employs approximately 160 Full and Part Time Employees who are “dedicated to providing the quality healthcare our patients deserve”. 

Our scope of services includes 24-hour ER services and ambulance, Inpatient and Outpatient Med/Surg, Physical Therapy, Swingbed Care, Obstetrics with two LDR rooms, Lab, Radiology, and Hospice care. Our radiology services include Ultrasound, CT and mobile MRI and Mammography. A surgeon travels from Lewiston to Syringa twice a month to perform minor surgeries including laparoscopic procedures.

What makes your community a great place to live and work? 

Located at the edge of the Bitterroot Mountains to the south and the Camas Prairie to the north, Grangeville is located in beautiful Idaho County which has a population of 16,000 residents. The community of Grangeville and outskirts has approximately 3,800 residents and with an elevation of 3,500 feet, features warm summer days, mild winters and four seasons of outdoor recreation. Five major rivers cut through this diverse landscape offering a variety of seasonal recreation including world class fishing, hunting and superb whitewater rafting. Two national forests are right in your backyard with bird and game hunting, hiking, 4-wheeling, mountain biking and camping opportunities just minutes from town.

Tell us about your connection to 3RNet.org and/or your 3RNet member. 

We opened our family medicine clinic in the spring of 2006 with one provider. With the resources of organizations like 3RNet we were able to build that provider base to where we are today with four full time physicians and three midlevel providers. 3RNet allows us to post positions for providers and get the same national exposure as other sites without the cost. Regardless of whether a provider is recruited directly from the site, Syringa benefits from the high profile and national outreach of the site.

What makes you successful with your recruitment and retention efforts? 

Finding qualified candidates to fill all the needed positions in a rural setting is always difficult but Syringa has managed to recruit a robust medical staff as well as support personnel by offering a family centered work environment. Balancing the needs of the organization with the needs of a small community is also difficult. Our providers live and work right beside their family and neighbors making it challenging to “get away from work”. They also have to provide night and weekend on call for the ER while working full time in the clinic. Offering flexible work opportunities, generous time off benefits, CME opportunities and other perks help with avoiding clinician burnout. Overstaffing with providers is another way to avoid burnout and turnover so that more providers are sharing the burden. The facility has to be willing to make that sacrifice as physicians are so highly compensated and not all small facilities can afford to do that.  

Share a piece of advice! What would you tell someone who is recruiting or someone who is being recruited? 

The best advice I can offer a facility when recruiting is to be completely upfront about what a rural practice really looks like. Many providers think they want to “do it all” but then realize that to keep a healthy personal and work balance they really can’t do it all without being willing to let others share the load. This may mean they give up some compensation incentives, but in the long run they will be better providers and stay in the community longer. That is the end goal for all facilities – hire the best fit and keep them in the community to build that rapport and trust with patients.

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