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Forbis brings community experience to hospital

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POLSON — After 29 years with Andersen Broadcasting, Rich Forbis was ready for a new challenge. 

“Change is always with us and I felt it was time to take on a new adventure,” Forbis said. 

That desire for a step into unchartered territory led Forbis to his new position as Community Education and Marketing Coordinator for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. But a mere three weeks into his position, Forbis has his new digs mapped out well – the goals and motivation he has found at the hospital in Polson are far from unfamiliar.

Although “leaving relationships that have been forged over 25 years to building new ones is a big change,” Forbis took with him to his new position the concept of culture that he had been an integral part of at Anderson Broadcasting. “Through those years (with Anderson) the staff and employees took pride in serving the Mission Valley communities by sponsoring and supporting great businesses and many community projects and events,” Forbis said. 

He looks forward to expanding upon that and building a deeper bond with different segment of the community. 

“My new position at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center allows me the opportunity to connect with the Mission Valley community and share the Providence mission of revealing God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service,” Forbis expressed with excitement. 

A large part of Forbis’ position will revolve around promoting hospital events in the area, beginning immediately with Heart Health month, occurring throughout February.

Forbis has delved right into his new role, but not without some adjustments. One of the major challenges in his position has been transitioning from a small company to a large one. However, Forbis is very enthusiastic about being a part of the big role that St. Joes plays in the Mission Valley. 

“Our core values reflect respect, compassion, justice and excellence and all that translates into being named one of the nation’s top 20 rural hospitals for best quality as designated by the National Rural Health Association,” he said.

As for his goals that go along with the title of Community Education and Marketing Coordinator, Forbis said a great deal in just a few words: “to (do) the best job possible.” 

The goal of the hospital as a whole is to provide patients with unparalleled care; Forbis is at the forefront of making that a reality, but not without his team. 

“Everyone at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is a caregiver, not just the doctors and nurses but everyone no matter what their title,” Forbis humbly said.

It is evident that connecting with his community and establishing strong, positive relationships is vital to Forbis. 

“I read recently that God’s call isn’t always to the equipped but that he will equip those who are called. So, through hard work and with the help of others here and in the community, I hope we can all continue to make the Mission Valley a wonderful place to live.”

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