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Breakfast Series report: Taking a Pulse on Health Care
In 2018, the U.S. hit $3.65 trillion in health care spending, almost double the amount spent in other developed countries around the world. Yet despite this massive expense, the nation lags behind on critical health outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy. At the IBR’s Aug. 13 Breakfast Series, “Taking a Pulse on Health…
Saint Al’s-Nampa achieves trauma center designation
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa now provides patients a higher level of trauma care. Photo courtesy of Saint Alphonsus Health System NAMPA – Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa is elevating the level of trauma care in Canyon County. The hospital announced July 16 that it received a level four designation from the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency…
Ketchum hospital granted trauma center status
A medical team pushes a patient down the St. Luke’s Wood River hallway on a gurney. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s Wood River St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center has begun operating as a Level IV Trauma Center, the hospital announced. The Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Center granted trauma center accreditation to the Ketchum…
Preparation seen as key to crisis response
File photo. Disasters strike, which is why businesses have insurance. Nonetheless, a lack of other preparation and an inadequate response can leave companies further exposed in a crisis. In a series of interviews, attorneys who counsel businesses on insurance matters outlined some pitfalls for companies that aren’t prepared – from being underinsured to facing…
Opioid litigation and the health care professional
In 2017, over 70,000 Americans died from a drug overdose—and over 48,000 of those deaths were caused by an opioid overdose.  These staggering and tragic figures have heightened scrutiny of the roles opioid manufacturers, distributors, and even individual health care providers played in the dramatic rise of opioid addiction and opioid related deaths since the…
St. Luke’s McCall gets a Level IV trauma center
St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center recently performed a trauma center simulation drill. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center. St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center has been designated as a Level IV trauma center, the only state-designated trauma center between Grangeville and Boise. McCall is the first St. Luke’s Health System facility to achieve…
Sharon Chow promoted to system director of trauma at St. Luke’s
Sharon Chow, MN, RN, CPEN has been promoted to the position of system director of trauma for St. Luke’s Health System. St. Luke’s has worked with Idaho’s Time Sensitive Emergencies group for three years to develop standards for trauma care. The standards were approved by the Legislature in 2016. Chow will join the team to…
Life Flight Network opens new base in Coeur d’Alene
Photo courtesy of Life Flight Network. Life Flight Network, an Oregon company that provides air ambulance services, has opened an air medical base at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene. LFN provides air ambulance services throughout the Pacific Northwest. Company officials said they will hire 14 people to staff the new northern Idaho base,…
A word with Michael Griffiths: ‘We put the helicopter where the patients are’
Photo courtesy of Life Flight Network. Michael Griffiths is CEO of the Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit, hospital-owned service that provides air ambulance service in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Griffiths, a fixed-wing pilot and flight nurse who still dons a flight suit and helmet to help out on flights, runs a specialized and growing…
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