St. Maries Family Medicine Offers Certified CDL/DOT Physicals!

St. Maries Family Medicine offers CDL/DOT Physicals!

Certified Physicians Terry Davenport, D.O. and Ralph Sutherlin, D.O. offer physicals for our community to help get them back on the road fast!

 

About the Exam

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination must be conducted by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry.  The term includes, but is not limited to, doctors of medicine (MD), doctors of osteopathy (DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced practice nurses (APN), and doctors of chiropractic (DC).

A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.

Recordkeeping

If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will furnish one copy of the results to the person who was examined and complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

 

Call today to schedule your CDL/DOT physical with one or our certified providers! 208-245-2591

 

Information sited from FMCSA website: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/dot-medical-exam-and-commercial-motor-vehicle-certification

 

BCH Welcomes New Radiology Manager, Trevor Miller!

Trevor Miller is BCH’s new Radiology Manager.

Trevor worked as a traveler for BCH earlier this year and really appreciated the organization and the people!

Trevor is originally from Coeur d’Alene. He was a Radiology Tech. in the US Army for 6 years before moving back to the area.

Trevor is married (Bailey) and has 2 cats.

Please welcome Trevor to BCH!

BCH Welcomes New Pharmacy Manager, Brandon Boller!

Brandon Boller is the new Pharmacy Manager at BCH.

Brandon graduated from St. Maries High School in 2006 and just recently moved back to St. Maries with his family.

Brandon attended the University of Montana receiving his undergrad in pre-pharmacy, and completed Pharmacy School in 2013 at The University of Montana, Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Brandon started his Pharmacy career in Tacoma, Washington and then moved to Anchorage, Alaska for 5 years. Brandon is excited to be back in his home town, serving patients in the community!

Brandon joins our Pharmacy Tech, Melissa Offerman. BCH is excited for our new Pharmacy Team!

Please join us in welcoming Brandon!!

New Nurse Leadership at BCH

BCH has hired a new Director of Nursing Services, Rachel Ewert, RN, BSN, CNOR.

Rachel has worked at BCH for 7 years in all areas of nursing, to include OR, Med/Surg and ER. We are very excited to have Rachel as our new Nurse Leader at BCH!

Rachel received her RN degree from Southern Adventist University in 2007. She then received her Bachelors of Nursing in 2012 from the University of Phoenix.

Prior to moving to St. Maries, she worked as an Operating Room Nurse for several years.

Rachel and her family love living in St. Maries. She is very excited for the opportunity of serving and working alongside the nursing staff at BCH.

BCH Welcomes Dr. Ralph Sutherlin, D.O.

Please help us welcome our newest Medical Staff Provider Dr. Ralph Sutherlin, D.O. He will be joining the St. Maries Family Medicine Team August 4th!

Dr. Ralph Sutherlin is Family Medicine Physician whose specialty is promoting and protecting the health and well-being of your entire family! He is Board certified in Occupational and Preventative Medicine, which focuses on the promotion of health in the workplace, including the management of environmental injury, illness, and disability. Dr. Sutherlin and his wife have moved to the St. Maries community from Boise, Idaho and are excited to be a part of the community!

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sutherlin, please call St. Maries Family Medicine at 208-245-2591.

Benewah Community Hospital COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

If you have came into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please call the Admitting Front desk at 208-245-5551.  They will ask for your information and you will receive a call back from a Registered Nurse to discuss further action. If you do meet criteria for testing, the RN will inform you of a time to present for testing.

BCH will be testing people from our community who are symptomatic or have had a direct exposure to a COVID positive person. For direct exposures, we want to wait at least 7 days after the exposure to test (If the viral load isn’t high enough, testing too early could result in a false-negative).

We will be referring people who do NOT live in our community to a testing center near them. We have to limit testing to those within our community due to number of test kits on hand, limited PPE as well as available staffing.

As explained in a recent Press Release from Panhandle Health District, Kootenai Health, and Bonner General Health on June 29, 2020 titled “Local Health Leaders Provider COVID-19 Guidance”

COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout our area and we are seeing community transmission in Kootenai, Bonner, and Benewah counties. The virus has not let up and we can’t either. Contract tracing has shown that many of the new cases are a result of social settings where no or very few precautions are being taken. The good news is we know what slows the spread; masking, physical distancing and handwashing work. Recent studies of masking efforts in New York, Wuhan and Italy show that wearing masks in public is the best way to lower community transmission rates when everyone participates.

As more people are exposed to someone with COVID-19, more people are seeking testing. A common misconception is that if you had close contact to a person with COVID-19, then you should immediately be tested. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more complicated than that. If you have had close contact with a positive case, you should begin to self-isolate from the general public and especially high-risk individuals. Stay home other than to seek medical treatment. If you do leave your home, wear a mask to prevent potential spread.

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea 

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19 or call the Panhandle Health District Hotline Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at 877-415-5225.

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