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GRANGEVILLE — “It’s a difficult discussion, but I think we need to be honest and straightforward, but cautious,” Syringa Hospital Board Chair Leta Strauss said at the Aug. 24 meeting.

GRANGEVILLE — At the Aug. 17 Idaho County Commissioners meeting, Jerry Zumalt, Idaho County Disaster Management coordinator, explained on behalf of the Riggins ambulance that they are short of volunteers and struggle to fully staff their ambulances (based on his conversation with Cody Killma…

GRANGEVILLE — “We need to create a culture and atmosphere of being appreciative; sometimes a thank you is the most important part of a person’s day,” Syringa Hospital board chair Leta Strauss said at the June 21 meeting.

    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, in Orofino, and St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, in Cottonwood are introducing new names, brands and vision as part of their integration into the Kootenai Health regional health care system, headquartered in Coeur d’Alene.

    GRANGEVILLE — “We’re here at the beginning of life, the end of life, and basically for all the stages in between,” to offer the appropriate levels of care, said Syringa clinical nurse manager Curt Brimacomb. Brimacomb spoke to the board of trustees at the March 22 meeting.

    GRANGEVILLE — “The county positives for COVID-19 have been steadily low, so the decision has been made to bring all clinic services back to the primary care clinic,” director of clinic operations Michelle Schaeffer reported at the March 22 Syringa Hospital board meeting.

    GRANGEVILLE — “Are you concerned [regarding the vaccinated numbers] for Syringa’s leadership?” Syringa Hospital trustee Jim May asked CEO Abner King at the Feb. 22 board meeting. May was referring to King’s report that 47 percent of the Syringa staff had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

    GRANGEVILLE — “With our world the way it has been and all the needs in society, especially within the past year, this is perfect timing to learn more about mental health issues,” Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agency Kirstin Jensen said.

    GRANGEVILLE — “I think it’s particularly important to note that 2020’s numbers are going to be a bit skewed,” Syringa CFO Betty Watson told hospital trustees at the Jan. 26 meeting.

      COTTONWOOD — St. Mary’s Hospital lab manager, Colleen Bennett, recently announced they have been the recipient of a grant through the State of Idaho, as part of the CARES Act grant funding the state received, for $248,659. These funds will support increasing laboratory testing capacity in ru…

      KOOSKIA — The City of Kooskia recently purchased an ultraviolet-C light disinfection system using CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act money, according to Sean Nelson, assistant supervisor for the Kooskia ambulance.

        KAMIAH — The annual Kamiah Lighted Christmas parade is set for Friday Dec. 4, 6 p.m. This year’s theme is, “Don’t be a Grinch ... Build a Float!” Three cash prizes will be awarded. Line-up is 5:30 p.m., at the Kamiah High School football field. Winners will be announced during the parade. Th…

        GRANGEVILLE – “I met with Jennifer Heimgartner from Valley Medical Center regarding telehealth services,” reported Syringa Director of Clinic Operations Michelle Schaeffer at the Sept. 22 board meeting. “They are interested in providing services, and would like to start with dermatology.”

        GRANGEVILLE – “Local businesses and services have been extremely helpful,” Lisa Turner, Syringa materials management, told the Syringa Hospital board Sept. 22.

        Public comment is being accepted through Oct. 23 on a proposed amendment to the Nez Perce Tribal Code regarding the regulation of the cultivation, processing and distribution of industrial hemp on the Nez Perce Reservation.

          During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to band together to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer by giving blood or platelets. In appreciation, those who give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via e-ma…

            COTTONWOOD – Bring in your old, expired, unused or unwanted medications for safe disposal on Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at HUB International, 501 Kings St., Cottonwood. The Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education (DATE) and the Cottonwood Police Department are participating in this National Pre…

            COTTONWOOD -- St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics and the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently introduced its new Rehabilitation Services Facility at St. Mary’s in Cottonwood. The new space houses both physical and occupational therapies and provides expansion to the old space.

            GRANGEVILLE – “I would like to know, where are the people in our county who have COVID?” asked Grangeville resident John Gaither at the July 28 Syringa Hospital board meeting. “I read there are 24, and I’d like to know if there are any ‘hotspots’ like other areas have listed.”

              GRANGEVILLE – As of Aug. 10, Syringa Hospital & Clinics requires all patients and visitors to have a face mask while in the facility.  Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.

                With the partnership formalized between Kootenai Health and St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics in the spring, the opportunity to collaborate for patient care has expanded. 

                KOOSKIA — The Syringa Hospital Foundation (SHF) announced July 30 it will not move forward with purchasing the Baylor Building on Main Street where the Kooskia Syringa Clinic is located.

                  Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) will administer $1,401,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help North Central Idaho communities and businesses respond to economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

                  “Regardless of the risk level, throughout the remainder of the pandemic, everyone is asked to do the following: Stay home if you are sick. Maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others (outside of immediate family) whenever possible. Wear face coverings in public when physical distancing …

                    GRANGEVILLE – Danielle Uhlenkott, Grangeville High School senior and salutatorian for the class of 2020, was recently named as a delegate to the Congress for Future Medical Leaders. This conference will take place in Lowell, Mass., June 24-26.

                      Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire? You can receive help to make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on individual and family circumstances. Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign…

                      GRANGEVILLE – “I hope the entire hospital knows we are grateful for all they are doing,” working on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis, Syringa board trustee Jim May said during the April 28 board meeting. Most board members met at Soltman Center while the meeting was also live onlin…

                      GRANGEVILLE -- Syringa Hospital & Clinics’ (SHC) employees joined together to roll up their sleeves in effort to aid a needed cause Wednesday, April 8.

                      Sypress Martinez, 9, wanted to share with Free Press readers her drawing, in appreciation for all the health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

                        “Times of crisis spark innovation. At St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics we acknowledge the need to keep people physically distanced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our communities,” said Dr. Colleen Sholar, CVHC. “But, we also know that this pandemic does not ma…

                        GRANGEVILLE – With a statewide lockdown due to the coronavirus, Syringa Hospital board met via a Zoom on-line meeting for its March 24 board business.

                        GRANGEVILLE – Idaho County disaster management sent out a purchase order April 6 for 30,000 disposable masks and other protective gear totaling nearly $32,000 - $24,000 for the masks, thousands of dollars for face shields and coveralls, and a couple hundred for 2,000 gloves.

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