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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kootenai Clinic Employee Wins State Immunization Award

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Family Medicine, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , |

Angela DodgeMedical Assistant, Family Medicine Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d'Alene Residency employee, Angela Dodge, recently won the Immunization Champion Award from the state of Idaho. The Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given by the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond to promote childhood [...]

Beyond Kootenai | Karen Westmoreland

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Community Involvement, Kootenai Health, Nursing, Pediatrics|Tags: , |

Every once in a while we stumble upon a story of an employee or community physician carrying Kootenai’s tradition of compassionate care beyond our hospital and clinics. It is through these individuals that our message of community, wellness and caring can be shared across the region and in some cases across the world. We hope [...]

Kootenai Health honored with resuscitation award

August 6th, 2015|Categories: Heart Services, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Nursing|Tags: , |

Kootenai Health received the Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests. More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get [...]

2014 Mary Epstein “Reach to Recovery” Award

January 21st, 2015|Categories: News/Events, Nursing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

After losing his wife to cancer nearly a decade ago, Jacob Epstein of Bonners Ferry, decided to carry on her spirit by acknowledging those who help fight in the battle against cancer. This year, Maggi McElfresh, social worker at Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services, won the award for her dedication and compassion toward patients and their families. [...]