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.

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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.

              Thinking of participating in a body detox or cleanse? Forget the latest fad diets or “all juice” myths that come across your social media…turn to your body’s natural filter: the liver.

              RIGGINS -- To begin this week’s news, I want to share a word picture of beauty and joy and happiness right here in Riggins…the picture is of the bright green lawns, the yellow daffodils, the brilliant yellow forsythia, the white apricot blossoms, the grape hyacinths, the purple and gold croc…

              ELK CITY -- Because of the panic about the coronavirus in the “outside” (of Elk City) world, I am sure we, all who live up here, feel pretty isolated and safe. But that doesn’t mean to let our guard down. A vector/carrier can drive up Highway 14 to visit family and friends and not know they …

              COTTONWOOD -- I sneezed a sneeze into the air, it fell to earth I know not where, but hard and cold were the looks of those, in whose vicinity I snoze. Just something to think about with the virus going around. Continue to pray for an end to the coronavirus and for all those who are sick and…

              GRANGEVILLE – The Syringa Board of Trustees was left with some big decisions following a presentation by Rural Physicians Group (RPG) at the Feb. 25 meeting.

              COTTONWOOD -- A total 27 first- and second-year WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) students from University of Idaho in Moscow participated in a wilderness medicine court at Cottonwood last weekend.

              GRANGEVILLE – “By definition, the coronavirus is not a pandemic, it’s an epidemic,” explained Syringa Hospital board vice chair Jerry Zumalt. Zumalt briefly spoke to trustees at the Feb. 25 meeting.

                BOISE – Today (Wednesday, Feb. 19), a bill to prevent the use of vaping products by minors was sent to General Orders for language changes by the House Health and Welfare Committee. This legislation would create parity between current, traditional tobacco products and the new electronic smok…

                BOISE -- A bill paving the way for shared ambulance districts across county boundaries will make its way to the Senate floor after the Local Government and Taxation committee voted to approve it last Thursday, Feb. 13.

                GRANGEVILLE – Finding a surgeon to come to Grangeville hasn’t been easy. With Dr. Bell’s departure, Syringa’s CEO Abner King has been in discussion with a variety of medical facilities, organizations and physicians.

                GRANGEVILLE – “When Grangeville’s primary care clinic opened in 2006, it saw an average of three patients per day,” Syringa Director of Clinic Operations Michelle Schaeffer told the board at the February meeting. “Now, it has seven providers, and it currently sees an average of 1,000 patient…

                GRANGEVILLE – “You had a very good year,” accountant Carl Swenson told the Syringa Hospital board Tuesday, Jan. 22.

                North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

                The Idaho bill stating breastfeeding is neither indecent exposure nor obscene passed a senate panel Monday, March 5. If made into law, House Bill 448, drafted by Rep. Paul Amador, R-Couer d’Alene, would be the first legal protection for breastfeeding mothers in the state, with the exception of a law that allows breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty. Idaho is the only state currently without protections for mothers who breastfeed.

                Despite below freezing temperatures and winds of over 20 miles per hour, marchers took to the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building Monday and called upon legislators to remove existing faith-based healing exemptions. The speech at the Capitol concluded a four-block march by community members who carried 183 child-sized coffins as part of the March to Protect Idaho Kids.

                The Idaho Senate passed a bill to inform patients considering abortion about a medical abortion reversal procedure that is scientifically unproven on a straight 29-6 party-line vote. The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information.

                The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information. If passed, Idaho would join Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota, who have similar laws.

                Two bills brought by an anti-abortion organization executive were introduced by an Idaho House panel Tuesday, Feb. 13, on a party-line voice vote.

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