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Workplace culture can play a big role in hiring (access required)

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Organizations known for having a good company culture say it’s important to focus on and value employees because that made them more productive and more likely to stay with the company, reducing the expense and inefficiency of employee turnover. “People ...

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Idaho’s noncompete law bucks a national trend (access required)

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It’s too soon to tell what effect a recent change in Idaho’s noncompete law will have, but detractors worry it will make Idaho less competitive in the entrepreneurial marketplace. The bill, H0487, was passed this spring by the Idaho Legislature ...

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With digital records, HR departments can collect valuable data (access required)

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While human resources departments traditionally run on paper – from job applications to timesheets – increasingly, companies are considering solutions that let them store the information electronically. Nationwide and worldwide consulting firms have encouraged corporations to replace paper-based human resources ...

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Single-specialty ambulatory surgery centers are on the rise (access required)

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While people tend to think of hospitals for treating sick people, especially those who require surgery, some common conditions are increasingly being treated in outpatient centers specializing in a particular area of the body. An example of such a center ...

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Hospitals hard at work on renovations, expansions (access required)

Construction update, St. Alphonsus Hospital Nampa facility, 29 April 2016, Photo Patrick Sweeney

A survey earlier this year on hospital construction indicated that Idaho is on track with the rest of the nation when it comes to trends in this area. These include more emphasis on patient satisfaction, as well as moving from ...

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Kootenai Health invests more than $100M in expansions (access required)

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By next summer, Kootenai Health will have invested more than $100 million in expansions to its facilities in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. In March, the community hospital, which serves Kootenai County, opened a $57 million expansion of the Coeur ...

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Osteopathic college is on track for February groundbreaking (access required)

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine – which would be Idaho’s first and, so far, only medical school – is on track for a groundbreaking in February that will enable it to offer classes beginning in 2018. So far, ...

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Preference for ‘aging in place’ slows nursing home construction

Boise at Home member Hilda Packard works in her garden. Nursing home construction has slowed dramatically, in part because of a preference for assisted living facilities and programs that allow seniors to live in a more home-like, less restrictive environment.  
Photo by Gary E. Richardson of Boise at Home.

While hospital construction is proceeding apace, that’s less true for nursing homes, primarily because of a preference toward assisted living facilities that enable senior citizens to age in place. “There’s very, very few new nursing homes being built,” due to ...

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Long-term care facilities are slow to adopt electronic medical records

Sayle Panopolos Kruse, director of health information management, in her office at the Boise Village Good Samaritan Society. Photo by Patrick Sweeney

Chances are, if you’ve seen a medical professional recently, they’ve entered your information into a laptop or a tablet rather than on the traditional paper chart. It’s called electronic health records, or EHR. But it’s likely a nursing home or ...

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