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Jason Demke named as COO of West Valley Medical Center

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West Valley Medical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker has announced the appointment of Jason Demke as the chief operating officer. He comes to West Valley from Johnston-Willis Hospital, a 300-bed campus of Chippenham/Johnston-Willis Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia where he was ...

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Cy Gearhard retiring as St. Luke’s chief nursing officer

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Cy Gearhard, St. Luke’s vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, retired Jan. 15, after 36 years with the health care organization. ​​​​In 1979, she became a registered nurse for what was then St. Luke’s – the ...

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Medicaid expansion: A real success story for Idaho

Idaho’s politicians have all kinds of snappy quotes about health insurance. How it doesn’t keep you healthy, and how no one’s every died from not having it — but that’s simply not true. Research shows those with health insurance are ...

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State Universities expand health degree programs (access required)

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Two of Idaho’s public universities are starting up advanced degree programs. Boise State University is partnering with the Healthcare Financial Management Association to create a master’s degree in population and health systems management. Idaho State University is expanding its program offerings ...

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Saint Alphonsus names two medical leaders

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Jeff Wood has been named regional director of laboratories for the Saint Alphonsus Health System. He will be responsible for all aspects of laboratory operations across Idaho and Oregon and play a role in the health system’s COVID-19 testing strategy ...

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Idaho bill axing COVID-19 from emergency list passes House

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House has passed legislation to define how severe an epidemic must be before it can qualify as a disaster. Under the measure, the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t meet the criteria. The bill, which passed 58-12 ...

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House passes bill to protect jobs of the unvaccinated (access required)

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The Idaho House has passed a bill prohibiting companies that contract with the state of Idaho or any political subdivision, such as local governments, from discriminating against unvaccinated people. The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose the bill ...

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Health insurance special enrollment tied for shortest (access required)

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In reaction to President Joe Biden’s executive order to reopen the federal health insurance exchange, state insurance exchanges around the country also opened special enrollment periods. All but two of the special enrollment periods are three or more months. Idaho ...

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Bill to defund abortion providers passes House committee

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers has passed a bill that would halt all public funding to any entities that advise women about their abortion options. The bill, sponsored by Nampa Rep. Bruce Skaug and 15 other ...

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