Zach Yoder, Chief Operating Officer at SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital

This episode features Zach Yoder, Chief Operating Officer at SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital. Here, he discusses FQHCs and the important niche they fill in the healthcare space, what the COO role entails today, advice for leaders that want to have impactful & enjoyable careers, and more.


Exploring the Role of FQHCs in Healthcare: A Conversation with Zach Yoder, COO of SIHF Healthcare

Zach Yoder, the Chief Operating Officer of SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital, talks about FQHCs and the critical role they play in the healthcare industry.

The Importance of FQHCs

FQHCs or Federally Qualified Health Centers bridge the gap for people with low socioeconomic status, providing access to primary care, behavioral health, OB services, pediatrics, and dental services. They offer affordable healthcare services to underserved populations.

The Role of a COO in Healthcare

As COO, Zach is responsible for assessing what the community needs and meeting those needs. Recently, his team has been breaking ground on an urgent care facility, updating electronic health record systems, and partnering with S I U School of Medicine to bring 12 new referral specialists to the area. The shortage of specialists in the US is a significant issue that needs more attention, and Zach is working to bridge that gap.

Advice for Leaders in Healthcare

Zach shares his experience in the healthcare industry and how he brings specialists to underserved communities. As a leader, he emphasizes the importance of doing the right thing for the right reasons and leaving an organization better than it was when they arrived. He believes that leaders should recognize their strengths and weaknesses and surround themselves with talented people who complement their skills.

In Conclusion

Zach Yoder's insight into the role of FQHCs highlights their importance in providing essential healthcare services to underserved communities. As a COO, he is working to bridge the gap between the community's needs and available healthcare services. His advice for leaders in healthcare emphasizes ethical leadership and a willingness to improve their organization.


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This episode aired on 01/31/2023 and can be listened here.


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