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Hospital Unveils $57M Expansion

Kootenai Health is outgrowing its hospital. That's why hospital trustees have authorized the first phase of construction in what could become a bigger five-year project, with phase I providing a $57 million, three-story addition and new main hospital entryway on the north side of the existing facility. Construction on the first phase - the first patient-care expansion in 30 years - is scheduled to start late this summer or early fall, with a target completion date of late next year, Kootenai Health CEO Jon Ness said Tuesday. And he's not complaining about the growing pains. "I think what's uncommon about this is that many hospitals now are experiencing decreases in their inpatient census and we are experiencing increases," Ness said. "Over 18 months, we've increased our confidence that this is the right thing for the hospital, the right thing for patients and it's the right thing for this community/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Courtesy Photo: Kootenai Health)

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Officer Faced Knife Wielder Before

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At 1:13 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, Huckleberries Online posted this video of Officer Spencer Mortensen successfully arresting an arson suspect who pulled a knife on him near Kootenai Health the previous night. Coeur d'Alene Police have identified Mortensen as the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Dalton Gardens man with a knife Sunday. You can see the report of the April 26 post below.

A Coeur d'Alene officer encountered an uncooperative suspect in a possible arson at 9:25 p.m. Thursday who pulled a knife on him. Following is part of the news release circulated by Sgt. Christie Wood this afternoon:

Officer Mortenson approached Richman and asked for his ID. He immediately became uncooperative and used profanity toward the officer. He became aggressive and stated he had a knife. Richman pulled a dark colored 3” blade knife out of his pocket. Officer Mortensen pulled his service revolver and issued several commands for Richman to drop the knife. At one point he dropped the knife on the ground in front of him but refused to move away from it. It appeared to the officer that Richman was considering picking it up again. Additional officers arrived on scene with a less lethal shotgun. They gave commands for Richman to get on the ground and he eventually complied. Full report on CPD Facebook page here.


New name/logo for KMC

Kootenai Health’s new logo is described as a spark symbolizing the connection of service lines to create a unified whole.

Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene is changing its name to Kootenai Health.

For the past six years Kootenai Health has been the name of the umbrella organization that operates Kootenai Medical Center and affiliated health services. Now, the hospital also will be known as Kootenai Health.

Kootenai also announced today a new structure for its 77 physicians and their practices. Those “employed physician practices” now will operate under the umbrella name Kootenai Clinic.


Biggest medical news of the month: Post Falls to open 30-bed rehab center in 2013

Kootenai Health, the company that runs Kootenai Medical Center, has joined deal with a New Mexico company to build a 30-bed rehabilitation hospital in Post Falls.

Called the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest, the $11 million center is expected to open in fall 2013 and employ roughly 120 people.

Operating the center will be Ernest Health Inc., an Albuquerque company that operates 18 rehab centers and hospitals throughout the United States. It also operates the Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, an acute-care facility in Post Falls.

The new rehab center will be on the same campus as the advanced care hospital, in a free-standing building, said Linda Murphy, a spokeswoman for the new facility.

Kootenai Medical Center has 14 beds for rehab care, but is often unable to take patients due to care limitations.

The new facility will provide care for patients needing a range of services, including rehab for those with head or spinal injuries, said Jeremy Evans, vice president of professional services for Kootenai Medical Center, which is operated by Kootenai Health.

Doctors and practitioners, including rehab-care workers now at Kootenai Medical Center, will be encouraged to work at the new facility, said Evans.

Kootenai Health is not investing money in the project, Evans added. “We see this as a great opportunity to partner with a national company with expertise and to help us broaden the scope of services available to the community,” he said.

Kootenai Health Buying ♥ Clinics NW

Kootenai Health plans to buy Spokane-based Heart Clinics Northwest, the Coeur d’Alene-based medical center said today. The acquisition will expand cardiac care in the region and enable residents to receive comprehensive cardiac care closer to home, community-owned Kootenai Health said in a news release. “This relationship blends Kootenai Health’s strengths of quality, a positive culture and great value with the clinical excellence and breadth of services provided by Heart Clinics Northwest,” Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health, said in prepared statement. Kootenai Health will employ the physicians and staff of Heart Clinics Northwest, which has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Sandpoint as well as satellite clinics throughout North Idaho, Eastern Washington and western Montana/SR. More here.


Family Medicine Residency In Offing

Kootenai Health has named Dr. Richard McLandress program director of a family medicine residency program Kootenai has begun developing. The program is being developed in response to a national and regional shortfall in the number of family medicine physicians. Idaho ranks 49th in the nation for physicians per 1,000 people. Additionally, a recent assessment of the region specifically identified a need for as many as 72 primary care physicians by 2015. … Kootenai anticipates the first group of six residents will be on-site in the summer of 2014/Kootenai Health news release. More here.

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North Idaho Family Physicians, Kootenai Health form partnership

North Idaho Family Physicians and Kootenai Health have entered into a partnership to provide urgent care services to Kootenai County residents.

The family physicians group represents 28 independent board-certified family doctors with Kootenai County practices. It also operates two After Hours Urgent Care Clinics in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.

Starting July 1, the After Hours Urgent Care Clinics will be renamed Kootenai Urgent Care, with no change in operations.

Under the agreement, Kootenai Urgent Care wll combine operations with North Idaho Immediate Care Centers. North Idaho Family Physicians will manage operations at the new combined venture, according to a press release.