COVID Update


The health and safety of our staff and community is BCH’s highest priority. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself and others is vaccination. The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people. The COVID-19 Vaccinations are safe and effective, and are the best way to prevent serious illness and death.

Why get vaccinated?

  • Protect yourself and our community from getting seriously ill
  • The COVID vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades – they are NOT experimental.
  • Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant.
  • To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination, please visit the CDC’s website: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC
  • If you are unsure about getting vaccinated, please schedule an appointment with a provider you trust to discuss vaccination.

Can I still contract COVID-19 after I am fully vaccinated?

  • Yes, you can still get COVID-19 (although less likely) – but if you do, you are less likely to get seriously ill/hospitalized.

Are any of the vaccines FDA Approved?

Where can I get vaccinated?

BCH’s Mask Policy

  • ALL patients, visitors, and staff are REQUIRED to wear masks at all times while within the facility. Patients and visitors who refuse to wear a face covering may be asked to leave the facility.

BCH’s Visitor Policy

 We know how important it is for our patients to be with their loved ones when they are ill/hospitalized.

  • The Emergency Department and the Medical/Surgical Unit allow for one (1) visitor per patient per day (visitor to be chosen by patient). This exclude patients with confirmed/suspected COVID-19. Once a visitor leaves for the day, they cannot re-enter the hospital until the next business day.
  • Patients in Hospice Care will be allowed to have family and close friends visit them at end of life. Hospice patients will have individualized visitation plans per each family.
  • Visitors MUST wear a face mask during their ENTIRE visit, and they MUST remain in the patient room. All visitors will participate in the screening process prior to entering the facility.
  • Visitors must also be at least 18 years of age, must be free of fever within the last 72-hours, and must not have any other, current symptoms of COVID-19.

 BCH thanks you for your understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic as we strive to keep our staff and community healthy!

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in our region, please visit Panhandle Health’s website:

Patient Portal – Secure, Portable Online Health Records

Benewah Community Hospital offers you access to your health records through Cerner Health.

By utilizing the secure, online portal, you can send a message to your Provider’s Medical Assistant/Nurse, request an appointment, view your health profile, and look up lab results (to include COVID-19 test results).

Once signed up, Cerner Health offers an app, “HealtheLife,” that can be downloaded on your smartphone/tablet.

Information on how to sign up for the patient portal located on flyer below.

Patient Portal

February is American Heart Month

As February is American Heart Month, it reminds us to take care of our heart! Consider adopting healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Move more, work on your weight and salt intake, quit smoking – take care of YOU!

Click this image to view the full PDF of information

To learn more about Heart Health, Click Here!

BCH begins process of Vaccinating Community

BCH’s Clinic has begun scheduling pre-screening appointments for patients to complete paperwork and talk with a provider regarding getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Please see press release with specific information below:

Final COVID Vaccine Press Release 01.2021 (PDF)


BCH is Prepared for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Benewah Community Hospital has been working closely with Panhandle Health District on updates for Coronavirus (COVID-19). BCH is prepared for any cases that may present to the hospital. As of June 24, 2020, there have been 13 positive COVID-19 cases in Benewah County, most of these being on the CDA Reservation.

BCH has been providing information to the public to keep our community informed.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website:, or Panhandle Health District’s website:

COVID-19 testing charge: $65 (may be covered by insurance). BCH will be testing only symptomatic or directly exposed individuals, to be determined by your healthcare provider.



February is National Heart Month!

*Article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

Conditions/Behaviors that put people at risk of Heart Disease:

  • High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.
  • Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans—and nearly 1 in 6 children ages 2 to 19—has obesity.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States has diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure. Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. But only 1 in 10 adults is getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. Diet high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk factor for heart disease.

If you are concerned that you or a loved ones may be at risk of heart disease, schedule an appointment with one of our Clinic providers today. St. Maries Family Medicine: 208-245-2591

 *Full article can be found at:

BCH will host our annual Fright Night on Friday, October 25th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This is a FREE Event for the community, sponsored by the Employees of BCH.

Please have your children dress up and come to enjoy a fun night of games, prizes, and candy!

FREE Hotdogs, chips, and water will be available in the Blue Spruce Café for the Kids.


Dr. Aragundi

Meet our Family – Dr. Aragundi, MD

Dr. Aragundi, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician who has 30 years of experience in family medicine. Dr. Aragundi is a compassionate provider who is looking forward to being your Doctor. She will return to St. Maries Family Medicine on January 23rd. To schedule an appointment to see her please call the Clinic at 208-245-2591.

Prescription Assitance

Prescription Assistance

Do you need assistance affording your prescriptions? Our Health Educator may be able to assist you! You may qualify if you are:

  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured
  • Participate in Medicare Part D
  • Take prescriptions not covered by your insurance
  • Have high deductibles and copays.

We will work together to determine your eligibility and assist you in receiving your medications at little to no cost to you! Call Tracy Barden at 245-7620 to schedule an appointment or for more information

Chemotherapy & Outpatient Infusion Services

Chemotherapy & Outpatient Infusion Services

Benewah Community Hospital offers Chemotherapy & Outpatient Infusion services right here in St. Maries. Debbie Pritchard, RN and Janis Worch, RN who share a combined 46 years of nursing experience provide care for you in your local community.

Our Chemotherapy and Outpatient Department provides a warm and friendly place for Chemotherapy treatments, and a wide variety of conditions including:

Partial List of Conditions

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • CIDP
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Lupus

Referrals from outside Physicians are accepted! For more information, please call (208) 245-7670 or talk with your Provider. *Most insurances accepted upon pre-authorization. *

Photo credit: Devon Barta, The Gazette Record