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Expansion for SE Idaho VA clinic could take years

POCATELLO – There are no imminent plans for the Veterans Health Administration clinic in southeastern Idaho to expand to a new, larger facility anytime soon. Just a week ago, leaders in Pocatello said they were optimistic the Veterans Health Administration ...

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Idaho gets a ‘B’ on dental care for children (access required)

Idaho seems to be holding its own against other states when it comes to dental care for children. A report published earlier this year by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. gave Idaho a “B” for scoring well on ...

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Hygienists sign on to new education model

Idaho hygienists support a new hygienist model called Advanced Dental Health Provider. The ADHP would require advanced education, possibly similar to a two-year master’s degree. Practitioners would be able to provide some restorative health services, such as tooth extractions. Hygienists associations ...

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Hygienists seek broader freedom to practice (access required)

Dr. Dan Watt,  chief dental officer at Terry Reilly Health Services, pulls about 20 rotten teeth a day. That’s more than he extracted in a typical year at the private practice he ran for 30 years in Reston, Va. “They ...

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Deputies find Moscow hospital CEO dead after crash

MOSCOW – The Latah County Sheriff’s office says Gritman Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Martin died in a pickup crash near State Highway 8 in northern Idaho. The sheriff’s office says Martin, who is 47, was expected to return from Elk ...

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Ballot measure prompts hospital association campaign (access required)

The Idaho Hospital Association is running its largest political campaign ever to support HJR4, a ballot measure that would affect how Idaho’s public hospitals can borrow money. IHA spent $22,193 campaigning as of Oct. 10, according to papers filed with ...

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Coeur d’Alene tribe gets federal hospital funding

A northern Idaho American Indian tribe is getting nearly $12 million from the federal government to help it build a new hospital. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Plummer plans to use the money to expand the Benewah Medical Center. It ...

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