BCH Supports Local Athletics!

BCH Employees participate in School Events to raise community support for St. Maries Lumberjack Pride! This year, for their homecoming week, BCH staff dressed up in the class colors each day to show support! Our staff also participate in the school’s food drive each year in efforts to fill the local food banks!

Each Spring, BCH provides Free Sports Physicals for middle school and high school students participating in athletics.

BCH is a proud supporter of our hometown Lumberjacks. Go Jacks!!

Congrats to BCH’s Employee and Provider of the Year!

Each year during the hospital’s National Hospital Week Celebration, BCH staff votes for Provider and Employee of the Year!

This year, the staff who took the titles are Val Sanchez, Certified Pharmacy Tech, and Dr. Cooper Wester, MD.

Val was nominated for going above and beyond, exemplifying the mission, vision, and values of BCH. She is noted as being kind and courteous, and always there to help any department in need. She is self-motivated and is always looking at way to improve her department, as well as the hospital as a whole. Val has a very positive attitude and is always smiling. She is well deserving of this award!

Dr. Cooper Wester is an ER/Inpatient Physician at BCH who also goes above in beyond to help in any way he can. Dr. Wester is fantastic to his patients and is also a joy to work with. He takes great care of his support staff and is always the first one to volunteer to cover an open shift. He has stepped up to help in recruitment efforts as well as the local ambulance services. BCH is very lucky to have Dr. Wester as a part of our Medical Staff.

The employee and provider of the year receive special recognition for this award, and they also receive prime parking in the hospital’s parking lot for an entire year.

BCH feels very fortune that these staff members choose to be a part of our team, and we congratulate them on this award!

Rebekah Myers, FNP to join Benewah Community Hospital’s Medical Staff

BCH is excited to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner, Rebekah Myers, will be joining our team as a Family Nurse Practitioner March 2019!

Rebekah received her FNP Graduate degree from Gonzaga University in 2018. Prior to pursuing her FNP Degree, Rebekah has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years, working in all areas of care (Med.Surg, ER, Surgical Services, etc).

Rebekah grew up in St. Maries and is so excited to give back and serve patients in the community that she loves!

Please join us in welcoming Rebekah to our team!

To schedule an appointment with FNP Rebekah Myers, please call our St. Maries Family Medicine Clinic at: 208-245-2591.

BCH Raises 2,523.2 Pounds of Food for Local Food Banks

BCH is proud to announce that we raised 2,523.2 pounds of food to be donated to the St. Maries and Upriver Food Banks! Our Staff, Medical Staff, and Board Members really stepped up to give back to our community!

Every year, St. Maries High School has a rivalry event with Kellogg High School, “Brawl for the Ball.” As a part of this event, the communities have a food drive competition to see who can raise the most food for their community’s food bank. BCH was asked to participate this year and challenged Valley Vista Care Center to see who could raise the most food for the food bank. BCH beat Valley Vista in this challenge raising 2,523.2 pounds of food. BCH thanks Valley Vista for accepting our challenge and for raising over 2,000 pounds of food as well!

Once again, our community proves to be amazing! St. Maries High School reported that our community raised over 20,000 pounds of food for the local food banks! Unfortunately, St. Maries did lose this competition to Kellogg, as they raised over 22,000 pounds for their food bank. Two communities gained an amazing benefit from this rivalry event!

BCH supports our Community and our Schools. GO LUMBERJACKS!

Liz Sellers takes helm at Benewah Community

With nearly two decades of hospital administration experience, Liz Sellers took the helm of Benewah Community Hospital this week.

Ms. Sellers has held multiple administrative positions, including Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer in addition to serving as interim CEO for a collective five years. Her transition into the management position of BCH was a natural one – much like the move from her long-time Colorado home to St. Maries.

“My husband and I got to come up and visit the area, and we love St. Maries,” she said. “It is comparable to where I’m from. We love the outdoors and activities like riding motorcycles, hiking and running.”

Ms. Sellers has a master’s degrees in Nursing and Health Administration and is excited about overseeing the St. Maries hospital. A bulk of her career was spent at Southwest Health Systems in Cortez, Colorado where she worked three decades and served as CCO, CNO and was a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ms. Sellers said the most pressing issue that she sees at Benewah Community Hospital is the community utilizing the facility’s services. She plans to engage the public directly with forums where she hopes those interested can attend and provide feedback to the hospital.

“We want to keep people here,” she said. “I want to hear from the community how we can serve it better.”

-St. Maries Gazette Record

Benewah Community Hospital Receives New Quality Based Accreditation from DNV GL Healthcare.

St. Maries, ID, September 29, 2016 — Benewah Community Hospital announces the successful completion of its new accreditation process from DNV GL – Healthcare.

By earning accreditation, BCH has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

BCH has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001, the world’s most trusted quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives.

“We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding,” says DNV GL – Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine. “Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable, and get more out of it? That’s where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical get-your-ticket-punched accreditation exercise into a quality transformation.”

DNV GL’s accreditation program, called NIAHO® (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual hospital surveys – instead of every three years – and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.

About DNV GL – Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Within healthcare, we help our customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification and training.

The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

For more information about DNV GL hospital accreditation, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

Health Education comes to BCH

Jordon received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health with a minor in Communications from Eastern Washington University in 2013. She has been with BCH since May of 2015 and looks forward to continuing health education classes at the hospital. She is passionate about keeping communities healthy and preventing chronic diseases. She loves meeting new people in the community and helping those who are in need! If you want to learn more, please contact her at 245-7605.

Some of the Health Education services offered are:

  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Nutrition Education
  • Cardiac Education classes
  • Fall Prevention

***The National Diabetes Prevention Program will soon be launching**

Pain Management Provider Joins BCH Specialty Clinic Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu of Idaho Pain Clinic will begin seeing patients at Benewah Community Hospital in our Specialty Clinic to enable both organizations to provide exceptional pain management care for patients in St. Maries and the surrounding communities. Together, Idaho Pain Clinic and Benewah Community Hospital are dedicated to a very personalized and comprehensive approach to providing the most effective relief for chronic and acute forms of pain. Interventional Pain Specialist J. Sorin Ispirescu, MD of Idaho Pain Clinic specializes in treatment options including stem cell therapy, steroid injections, nerve blocks, platelet rich plasma treatments, trigger point injections, spinal cord stimulation and botox. These latest advancements in procedures oftentimes help patients avoid major surgery, long-term medication management and provide relief from debilitating pain caused by injury, cancer, or arthritis. Dr. Ispirescu is passionate about helping his patients experience relief from pain and improve quality of life. He addresses the patients’ needs on an individual basis, assessing lifestyle and incorporating a combination of therapies with a holistic approach, treating the whole person. “We are pleased and proud to be working with Benewah Community Hospital to provide state of the art comprehensive pain management services with the utmost care and compassion.” said Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu. “By aligning the expertise of Idaho Pain Clinic with the impressive facility and infrastructure of Benewah Community Hospital, we are now able to provide the very best pain management care to the St. Maries community.” St. Maries residents seeking relief from chronic back, neck, arthritic or cancer pain can schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu by calling (208) 263-9757. About Idaho Pain Clinic Idaho Pain Clinic is the premier pain management group in the Inland Northwest. Idaho Pain Clinic has locations in Sandpoint, ID, Deer Park and Newport, WA, and now St. Maries, ID. Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu is dual board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He earned his doctorate of medicine in 1999 at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. His residency and fellowship training took place alongside top experts in the field of medicine at University of California at San Diego. After having his own practice in El Centro, CA, he relocated to Sandpoint, ID in 2010. As founder of Idaho Pain Clinic and co-founder of Pain Clinic of Spokane, he began serving the Inland Northwest and has now partnered with Pinnacle Pain Center and Lynx Healthcare. For more information on services offered, please visit www.IdahoPainClinic.com. About Benewah Community Hospital Benewah Community Hospital has provided services to the area for over 50 years. Recognizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the providers and staff of Benewah Community Hospital focus on preventative healthcare and offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Benewah Community Hospital is staffed with 3 Family Practice Providers, 5 Emergency Medicine Providers, 2 General Surgeons, 1 Orthopedic Surgeon, 1 Podiatrist, and employs one Physician’s Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Specialty Clinic offers a wide array of visiting Physicians and includes Cardiology, Nephrology, Oncology, OBGYN, ENT, Neurosurgery, and welcomes Pain Management. Visiting Surgeons include a Pediatric Dental Surgeon and an Ophthalmologist. By having all of these services, located in the small, rural town of St. Maries, Idaho, BCH is able to meet their mission statement: “Providing Excellence in Healthcare and Wellness Services.” For more information on services offered, please visit www.bchmed.org /our-services/

Pain Management Provider Joins BCH Specialty Clinic

Pain Management Provider Joins BCH Specialty Clinic

Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu of Idaho Pain Clinic will begin seeing patients at Benewah Community Hospital in our Specialty Clinic to enable both organizations to provide exceptional pain management care for patients in St. Maries and the surrounding communities. Together, Idaho Pain Clinic and Benewah Community Hospital are dedicated to a very personalized and comprehensive approach to providing the most effective relief for chronic and acute forms of pain.

Interventional Pain Specialist J. Sorin Ispirescu, MD of Idaho Pain Clinic specializes in treatment options including stem cell therapy, steroid injections, nerve blocks, platelet rich plasma treatments, trigger point injections, spinal cord stimulation and botox. These latest advancements in procedures oftentimes help patients avoid major surgery, long-term medication management and provide relief from debilitating pain caused by injury, cancer, or arthritis. Dr. Ispirescu is passionate about helping his patients experience relief from pain and improve quality of life. He addresses the patients’ needs on an individual basis, assessing lifestyle and incorporating a combination of therapies with a holistic approach, treating the whole person.

“We are pleased and proud to be working with Benewah Community Hospital to provide state of the art comprehensive pain management services with the utmost care and compassion.” said Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu. “By aligning the expertise of Idaho Pain Clinic with the impressive facility and infrastructure of Benewah Community Hospital, we are now able to provide the very best pain management care to the St. Maries community.”

St. Maries residents seeking relief from chronic back, neck, arthritic or cancer pain can schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu by calling (208) 263-9757.

About Idaho Pain Clinic

Idaho Pain Clinic is the premier pain management group in the Inland Northwest. Idaho Pain Clinic has locations in Sandpoint, ID, Deer Park and Newport, WA, and now St. Maries, ID. Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu is dual board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He earned his doctorate of medicine in 1999 at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. His residency and fellowship training took place alongside top experts in the field of medicine at University of California at San Diego. After having his own practice in El Centro, CA, he relocated to Sandpoint, ID in 2010. As founder of Idaho Pain Clinic and co-founder of Pain Clinic of Spokane, he began serving the Inland Northwest and has now partnered with Pinnacle Pain Center and Lynx Healthcare. For more information on services offered, please visit www.IdahoPainClinic.com.

About Benewah Community Hospital

Benewah Community Hospital has provided services to the area for over 50 years.   Recognizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the providers and staff of Benewah Community Hospital focus on preventative healthcare and offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Benewah Community Hospital is staffed with 3 Family Practice Providers, 5 Emergency Medicine Providers, 2 General Surgeons, 1 Orthopedic Surgeon, 1 Podiatrist, and employs one Physician’s Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Specialty Clinic offers a wide array of visiting Physicians and includes Cardiology, Nephrology, Oncology, OBGYN, ENT, Neurosurgery, and welcomes Pain Management. Visiting Surgeons include a Pediatric Dental Surgeon and an Ophthalmologist. By having all of these services, located in the small, rural town of St. Maries, Idaho, BCH is able to meet their mission statement: “Providing Excellence in Healthcare and Wellness Services.” For more information on services offered, please visit www.bchmed.org /our-services/