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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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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Developer: Historic Nampa buildings won’t be demolished (access required)

Developers of a proposed 615-acre site in northeastern Nampa intend to preserve two historic buildings on the site. The 1917 Idaho State Sanitarium administration building and a 1925-era horse barn are both on the National Register of Historic Places. Both ...

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Outdated industrial spaces find new life (access required)

As cities grow and change, what once was the industrial part of town often moves elsewhere, leaving the sometimes contaminated area as a hulking shell of its former self. But in many regions, including Idaho, those buildings are finding new ...

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Bradlee Walker, CEO, Boise Fry Co. in Boise

Nobody ever has to ask “Do you want fries with that?” at the Boise Fry Company. The fries are why they’re there. In the case of Bradlee Walker, 34, he’s climbed the ladder from fry associate to CEO as co-owner ...

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