Make Your New Year Resolution Last

January 4th, 2017|Categories: MyHealth, News/Events, Uncategorized|Tags: |

A good maintenance plan is key for weight loss success Americans are bombarded by trendy diets, weight loss supplements and other products that promise an easy solution to weight loss. Kootenai’s own Jennifer Reider, Human Resources records specialist, is proof that the recipe for weight loss is simple, but it’s not something you can purchase [...]

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Heart Services, Uncategorized|

A new device can help prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation Approximately a quarter of all strokes can be attributed to atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib or AF), a condition where the heart quivers or has an irregular heartbeat. Patients with AF have an increased risk of stroke and are often treated with [...]

Keep your kids safe and prevent heatstroke

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Pediatrics, Safe Kids, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Just a month into summer, the Northwest is already seeing record-breaking temperatures and the effects of extreme heat including heat-related deaths. Heatstroke, also known as hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. [...]

Health Experts, Event Organizers Offer Tips for Beating the Heat in Advance of Hoopfest, Ironman Coeur d’Alene

June 24th, 2015|Categories: Community Involvement, Kootenai Health, News/Events, Uncategorized|

Events expected to draw thousands of individuals outdoors, temperatures likely to exceed 100 degrees With extreme heat on its way, and large crowds of athletes and spectators expected in Spokane and northern Idaho this weekend for Hoopfest and Ironman Coeur d’Alene, health experts are warning the community that hot weather can be more than just [...]

Diabetes made easier with education

June 16th, 2015|Categories: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Uncategorized|

Working with a diabetes educator can help answer questions and alleviate stress. Five years ago Bobbie Brown was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She met with her physician in Chico, California, and they came up with a care plan trying various medications, but nothing seemed to help. She couldn’t eat anything without feeling terrible and lost over 30 pounds. Feeling discouraged she sought a [...]

Meet Russell Blakeley, M.D., New Kootenai Clinic Cardiologist

February 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Russell Blakeley, M.D., cardiologist, is joining Kootenai Clinic from Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his internal medicine residency, a general cardiology fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. Russell Blakeley, M.D. Q: Tell us [...]

New Physician Profile: Catherine Chester, Internal Medicine

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Dr. Chester joined Kootenai Clinic from Portland, Oregon. She is board certified in internal medicine and has been in practice since 1997. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Tell us a bit about your family. I am married and we have [...]

Taking Shape: Kootenai Health’s expansion is moving skyward

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Construction, Uncategorized|

Things are really starting to take shape on Kootenai Health’s expansion. Behind the plastic lining the sides of the structure, steel beams and concrete floors – the bones of the new structure – are coming together. “The expansion will remain tented through the winter,” Derek Miller, construction manager, said. “This will protect the structure from [...]

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. [...]

Inside Kootenai: What do you do to beat the winter blues?

December 10th, 2014|Categories: Kootenai Health, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Julie Shobe, Clinical Dietitian Julie Shobe, MS RD LD CDE, Clinical Dietitian “Vitamin D and physical activity can help improve mood especially during the cold and overcast months. Since the clouds and chilly air are a barrier to getting our vitamin D from the sun, it is especially important to get Vitamin D [...]