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Try this: Pumpkin Hummus

November 13th, 2014|Categories: Kootenai Health, Nutrition Services|Tags: , |

By: Katie Adrian, RD, Nutrition Services Katie Adrian, RD This delectable dish is a popular pumpkin appetizer at all of our fall festivities. It is great served with warm pita triangles, gluten-free pretzel sticks, or fresh veggies. This spread is a great source of dietary fiber, heart-healthy fats, and Vitamin A. It is [...]

Catching some Zzzzz’s

November 5th, 2014|Categories: News/Events, Sleep Medicine, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Kootenai Health’s Sleep Lab offers state-of-the-art oral devices to treat sleep apnea By Andrea Kalas-Nagel Michael Coats, MD Millions of Americans have sleep apnea. Many of these people don’t even know they have it. Sleep apnea is defined by abnormal pauses in breathing while sleeping often caused by a blocked airway (known as [...]

Ask the Expert: John Everett, MD, Cardiologist

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Heart Services|Tags: , , |

John Everett, MD, Cardiologist, Heart Clinics Northwest My doctor told me I have congestive heart failure, what do I do now? John Everett When a doctor tells a patient they have congestive heart failure (CHF) oftentimes that patient assumes it is due to a weak heart resulting from a heart attack, or some [...]

Kootenai Clinic Vascular Surgery

October 14th, 2014|Categories: Vascular Surgery|Tags: , , |

Kootenai Clinic’s newest location offers specialized treatment and surgery for those with vein and artery disease. By Andrea Nagel Since 2002 Philip Kladar, M.D., has provided care for general and vascular surgery patients in northern Idaho. As the need grew, Dr. Kladar and Kootenai Clinic teamed up to create a new clinic, solely for vascular [...]

Beat the Flu

October 9th, 2014|Categories: Family Medicine|Tags: , |

Playing offense is your best defense against influenza. By Andrea Nagel David Souvenir Every year thousands of Americans get sick due to influenza. The coughing, sneezing, fever, aches and pains are just a few of the symptoms that make us all want to crawl back into bed. For most, doing just that is [...]

Ask the Expert: Andrea Dinning, DO

October 8th, 2014|Categories: Internal Medicine|Tags: , |

Dr Andrea Dinning, DO Andrea Dinning, DO, Kootenai Clinic Internal Medicine Question: How can I decrease my risk of having a heart attack? Answer: There are many ways to decrease your risk of having a heart attack. Smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diet, and diabetes are all risk factors [...]

Kootenai Health IT Department ranked in Best Health Care IT

October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Kootenai Health, News/Events|Tags: , |

The Kootenai Health IT department was recently ranked No. 2 for large health care IT departments by Healthcare IT News. Since 2012, Kootenai has gone from outsourcing more than 60 percent of our IT services, to insourcing almost all of it. According to Kootenai’s CEO, Jon Ness, “It’s one of the things I’m proudest about [...]

Bouncing Back

October 1st, 2014|Categories: Kootenai Health, Rehabilitation Services|Tags: , , , |

By Andrea Nagel Kootenai Health’s rehabilitation services help patients recover after injuries, surgeries or illness. Years ago Jill Williamson was diagnosed with cavernous malformations, abnormally formed blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord. After having surgery over ten years ago to help correct and postpone damaging symptoms, one of the blood vessels on her [...]

Ask the Expert

September 30th, 2014|Categories: Family Medicine|Tags: , |

Shaun Brancheau, M.D Family Medicine Q: I’m confused as to whether I should see a family medicine provider or an internal medicine provider. What’s the difference? 1. What is family medicine? For decades the specialty of family medicine has been fondly caring for patients "from womb to tomb." All family physicians have been trained in [...]

Pray for Kelsey

September 23rd, 2014|Categories: Emergency, Kootenai Health, News/Events|Tags: , , |

After a traumatic car accident, a Bonners Ferry teen defies the odds thanks to the love and support of her community. By Andrea Nagel Kelsey Shutes is a lucky girl. She is a high school graduate with a loving family, winning cheer squad and thousands of friends – 3,868 of them according to her Facebook [...]