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Biz ‘Bite:’ Intermountain Healthcare changes name to Intermountain Health (access required)

The Saltzer Urgent Care Clinic in downtown Caldwell.

Intermountain Healthcare has officially changed its name to Intermountain Health, following feedback from customers, patients and employees on their needs of a health system. The name change is intended to reflect an emphasis on keeping people healthy, according to the ...

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University of Idaho Extension raising awareness about mental health challenges in Idaho’s rural areas, farming communities (access required)

A team of University of Idaho (U of I) Extension educators is looking for agricultural communities that are willing to host public discussions about mental health and the increased risk of depression and suicide in rural America. The goal is ...

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A Word With Dr. Shae Johnson on the Saint Alphonsus Health Plan (access required)

MediGold, a part of the Trinity Health System, was originally created in 1997 to provide a cost-effective alternative Medicare Advantage option for Medicare beneficiaries. Operating under the name MediGold since then, Saint Alphonsus recently announced a rebranding. According to a ...

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Why St. Luke’s made its own HMO-style insurance plan for Idaho

Fish-eye view of the new central plant (left) and attached parking garage (right) at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Boise.

St. Luke’s Health System grew rapidly over the past decade — acquiring and making deals with Idaho and Oregon medical practices and hospitals. As it grew, St. Luke’s executives described a master plan to curb the costs of health care ...

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Huckabay family donates $14M to provide doctors in rural Idaho  (access required)

Huckabay family donates $14M to provide doctors in rural Idaho 

Idaho ranks 51st in the nation in physicians per capita. John Huckabay wants to fix that.  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges State Physician Workforce Data Report released in January 2022, Idaho has the lowest number of active physicians ...

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Foundations, major donors tackle nation’s nursing shortage (access required)

As more nurses leave their jobs in hospitals and health-care centers, foundations are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to ensure that more stay in the profession and get more out of the job than just the applause and pats ...

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New health tech startup Switchboard Health launching in Boise (access required)

Switchboard Health is a new digital health startup that was launched in early November. Based in Boise, the company’s launch was announced by Route 66 Ventures, a Virginia-based health technology venture capital firm. The concept for Switchboard Health initially incubated ...

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