Kootenai Health reaffirms Magnet® status – the gold standard for nursing excellence

January 19th, 2017|Categories: Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , , |

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) granted Kootenai Health Magnet recognition for the third time; Kootenai has held Magnet status since 2006 and is one of only two Magnet hospitals in the state of Idaho. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence. The [...]

Kootenai Health Earns Level II Trauma Designation

November 14th, 2016|Categories: Emergency, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , |

We are excited to announce that Kootenai Health has been designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System. To receive designation, Kootenai Health had to verify that it has the hospital resources needed for trauma care and able to provide the entire spectrum of care to meet [...]

Kootenai Health Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety review organization. Kootenai Health was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States. “I’m proud of the work our staff and physicians have done to make the hospital safe [...]

Kootenai County Deputy Sherriff Association Donates to Kootenai Health Teddy Bear Clinic

October 17th, 2016|Categories: Foundation, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Pediatrics|Tags: , |

The Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff Association donated over 50 teddy bears and $500 to support Kootenai Health Pediatric Services’ Teddy Bear Clinic, to be held Saturday, October 22 at Kootenai Health. The event’s goal is to help children have a better understanding of how hospitals treat patients and reduce fear before their first hospital experience. [...]

Bringing hope

September 26th, 2016|Categories: Behavioral Health, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: |

NIC partners with Kootenai Health to offer Mental Health Assistant course Story by Kaye Thornbrugh Photo by Tom Greene Kimberly Enos has known pain. Years ago, when she was in a dark place, she landed in a behavioral health unit, with a nurse at her bedside to monitor her. The nurse listened to Enos, empathized [...]

Kootenai Health earns national Safe Sleep recognition

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Family Birth Center, Kootenai Health, News/Events, NICU, Nursing|Tags: |

Kootenai Health was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion,” for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. We are one of the first hospitals in Idaho to receive the title. "Being recognized for safe infant sleep means we are committed to providing all [...]

Get smart about antibiotics

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Kootenai Health, News/Events|Tags: , |

Know when it’s best not to use antibiotics It never fails; when the kids go back to school, they are bound to come home with runny noses, coughs, and sore throats at some point. As a parent, you want to keep your kids healthy and make them feel better, but there are times when treating [...]

Fuel for School

August 24th, 2016|Categories: Family Medicine, Kootenai Health, Nutrition Services|Tags: , |

Quick, easy and healthy food ideas to give your kids a boost. By Kendra McGahan, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.N.S.C. Proper nutrition is vital to happy, healthy and focused children. Lunch and snack time provide the perfect opportunity for children to refuel for an afternoon of learning and sports as well as provide essential nutrients for [...]

Crash Survivor Visits Kootenai After Five Years

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Emergency, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing, Surgical Services|Tags: , , |

Greg Nordfelt survived a life-threatening motorcycle crash in 2011 and wanted to celebrate the five-year anniversary by meeting his care team for the first time since his hospital stay. Greg and his wife Laura pose for a photo with his intensive care nurse, Chauntae Peterson. Three years ago, Kootenai Health magazine published an article [...]

Pedaling Power |Rehabilitation Services Receives New Bike for Patients

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Foundation, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Rehabilitation Services|Tags: , , , |

Kootenai Health Rehabilitation Services receives new FES bike from generous community members By Stacie Jones Alan Wilson rides a bike two times a week. Like many of us who exercise, he does it in part to improve his cardiovascular health. But Alan, who is a quadriplegic, is also motivated by something else. “Riding the bike helps me build [...]