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 or call the Panhandle Health District Hotline Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at 877-415-5225.

Community Health Fair

Retirement Party – Dr. Rick Thurston, MD

Join Benewah Community Hospital for a Retirement Party

Honoring Dr. Rick Thurston, MD

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Where: BCH Main Lobby (College Ave Entrance)

*Light snacks, refreshments, and desserts will be served.

Our Hours Are Changing – Memorial Day Weekend

Our Hours Are Changing – Memorial Day Weekend

Patient Financial Services St. Maries Family Medicine & Specialty Clinic

CLOSED Monday, May 28, 2018

**Will return to normal business hours the following Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Remember: For Medical Emergencies please DO NOT wait for care! Call 911 immediately or visit Benewah Community Hospital Emergency Department Open 24/7

2018 Health Fair PRIZE Winners!

Benewah Community Hospital would like to thank the Benewah  Community for their support in this years Health Fair Event.

Each year, BCH invites local health/wellness vendors to participate in the Spring Health event. This year we had 15 vendors participate and BCH was able to offer the annually reduced Laboratory services to members within our community. In addition, BCH is able to give away prizes for each vendors participation.

Below is the list of prize WINNERS!

FitBit Blaze – Dawn Hennings

$100 Chamber Bucks – Pam Secord

$30 Ace Hardware Gift Certificate – Maxine Magers

$30 (208) Bakery & Espresso Gift Certificate – Sharon Spier


Thank you to all who supported BCH and we look forward to serving you at next year’s Annual Community Health Fair!

Experts around, 24 hours a day. That’s a big thing!

“Last week I accompanied my 4 year old Grandson to your Emergency Department. Like so many kids in the region he had the Flu and like many parents in the region, his parents were worried that they may not be doing enough. I believe they had been receiving excellent guidance from Dr. Davenport regarding his care but wanted some “hands on” confirmation when his condition seemed to worsen after hours. 

I was so impressed with how smooth their intake and assessment went. It was shift change but your staff handoff’s seemed seamless. All staff (forgive me I don’t recall all names) were sensitive to parents and grandparents and most of all, treated this 4 year old patient in a manner that I believe you would approve of. In the same manner you have treated pediatric patients for many years. Dr. Moullet provided excellent support to the grown-ups in the room while keeping a keen eye on my grandson. His calming style and understandable information were very reassuring to Mom…. And by extension to grandparents as well.  

He is off the couch now and is on to more typical 4 year old activities. I believe the Emergency Department visit helped bolster his parents’ confidence, and left them with the feeling that there are experts around, 24 hours a day. That’s a big thing!

Please share our thanks to the ED Staff. It may have been a very simple visit to them but a very important one to the family. Also, please share with the staff responsible for keeping the Department clean and sparkling – very impressive!”

Kind Regards.


2018 Annual Community Health Fair

Benewah Community Hospital invites the public to join us in our upcoming Annual Health Fair!

Enjoy Some of These Wellness Services!

Local Health/Wellness Vendors

Chair Massages

BetterCare- Preventative Health Promotion

LifeFlight Services

Inspiring Connections

Hospice Services

Costco Foods

DoTerra Essential Oils

Blood Pressure Checks

Skin Checks

Reduced Lab Costs

A1C (Glucose Indicator), Complete Blood Count (CBC), *Lipid Panel (Cholesterol), TSH (Thyroid), PSA (Prostate Screening), *Complete Metrabolic Panel (CMP), Vitamin D, and Testosterone (Males Only)

*Requires Fasting

We’re Introducing A New Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System

Beginning February 19, 2018

We are introducing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.

There may be some delays in your appointment time as we are transitioning.

We ask for your patience and flexibility as we update your patient information to ensure accuracy as we continue the transition to our new EMR system.

When you arrive for your appointments, please be prepared to show or bring the following:

  1. Photo identification
  2. All health insurance cards (we do require copies for your chart)
  3. A list of all medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and over the counter medications
  4. Any co-payment amounts you are aware of through your insurance

Thank You For Your Patience!

Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries Family Medicine, & St. Maries Specialty Clinic

BCH Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Benewah Community Hospital in St. Maries, Idaho was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best healthcare possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Anthony Koroush, CEO

Benewah Community Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Benewah Community Hospital is a county-owned, 19 bed critical access hospital/rural health clinic with specialty clinic located in St. Maries, Idaho. For more than 50 years, Benewah Community Hospital has been providing high quality healthcare to individuals, families and visitors in Benewah, Shoshone, and Kootenai counties. We offer our patients a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services providing high quality care in a rural setting. Our administration and staff are dedicated to providing you with excellent care.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at