Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Aaron Vizcarra

Welcoming our new Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Aaron Vizcarra!

BCH is excited to introduce our new CRNA, Aaron, and his family to the St. Maries Community!

Aaron and his wife Victoria have spent most of their life in the northwest, currently moving to St. Maries from Colville, WA.

They have 4 children, Elliot, Juniper, Vera, and Rocky. Aaron loves to hunt, fish, and enjoys fitness. Their family is very outdoorsy, also enjoying camping, hiking, and biking.

Aaron joins BCH’s Surgical Services team to provide Anesthesia Services.

Please welcome the Vizcarra family!

Veteran's Day 2023

BCH Honoring our Veterans!

Grateful for our heroes. Saluting the heroes who served our nation.
A Special Thank You to our BCH Veterans!
Veterans Day 2023

On November 11th, we honor the Veterans of our great nation. We acknowledge the sacrifices they took and their love for this country.

Collectively, our BCH Veterans have served over 80 years to our Country! We thank them for their service!


“For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do.” -Unknown”

Annual Wellness Clinic

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Friday, November 3rd

Call to Schedule your Annual Wellness Visit!

St. Maries Family Medicine 208-245-2591

Call to schedule your appointment. Our Medicare Counselor will be onsite during this event to answer questions about your Medicare. Refreshments will be served!


Covered Services

During your Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), your Primary Care Provider will:

  • Check your height, weight, blood pressure
  • Complete questionnaire about your health status, injury risks, behavioral risks, and health needs
  • Update your medical and family history
  • Update list of current medications, providers, durable medical equipment suppliers, etc.
  • Screen for depression
  • Screen for cognitive issues
  • Provide health advice and referrals to health education and/or preventive counseling services aimed at reducing identified risk factors and promoting wellness


Eligibility and Cost

  • Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage Plans cover an Annual Wellness Visit if you have had part B for over 12-months and you have not received a wellness visit in the past 12-months.
  • If you qualify, Medicare covers the Annual Wellness visit at 100%.


During your visit, your Provider may discover a new problem that needs cared for. This additional care is considered diagnostic, meaning your provider is treating you because of certain symptoms or risk factors. Medicare may bill you for any diagnostic care you receive during a preventative visit – or your provider may suggest an additional appointment be made for the future.

COVID Update


The health and safety of our staff and community is BCH’s highest priority.

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

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

Where can I get vaccinated?

BCH’s Mask Policy

  • We are not requiring masks for patients and visitors. We ask that you please wear a mask if you are sick.

BCH’s Visitor Policy

  • BCH is now allowing visitors, but we ask that you limit the number of visitors.
  • Please do not accompany or visit patients if you are sick. 

 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: https://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/

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! https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/all-publications-and-resources/move-more-making-physical-activity-routine

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 Starts Vaccinating Employees and Medical Staff

Starting in December 2020, BCH was able to start vaccinating our staff for COVID-19. General Surgeon and Chief of Staff Dr. Bill Wheeler at BCH was among one of the first BCH staff members to receive his vaccine.

Our healthcare workers are taking precautions to slow to spread of COVID-19! Our goal is to stay healthy so we can take care of YOU!