BetterCARE 5K Memorial Walk/Fundraiser – Walking through the Decades!

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 9:00am – 12:00pm, St. Maries High School Track

BetterCARE memorial walk has been a tradition of BetterCARE over the years. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to support BetterCARE while being able to remember those nearest to us. With the return of BetterCARE, comes the return of an old favorite; The Memorial Walk. This year’s theme will be Walking through the Decades and is sure to bring a new and exciting feel! Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite decade attire.

You can register or donate on our Walk website:

When you register you will be asked who you are walking in memory of. You will have a Bib provided to you the day of the walk during check in where you can write the name of those you are walking for. Anyone who pledges or donates also gets to choose loved ones to remember. The names of all our beloved family, friends, and loved ones will be displayed through the walk and announced.

If you can’t make it to walk, you may donate directly or fundraise by registering for the walk online.

The day of the event will be a fun filled morning we will have multiple games throughout the walk which will allow winning of raffle tickets.

You may contact Erika Darst at 208-582-1775 or Tina Flesher at 509-220-5364 with any questions. You may also contact us through the memorial walk website

5K memorial

BCH/SMFM Clinic Receives MultiPlan Rural Health Grant!

BCH/SMFM Clinic Receives MultiPlan Rural Health Grant!

St. Maries Family Medicine was 1 of 4 recipients of the MultiPlan Rural Health Grant!

SMFM received another grant to go towards the well child program at the clinic.

The grant was open to Rural Hospitals and Clinics to help address the healthcare needs of people in their community.

The MultiPlan Rural Health Grant dollars will be used to purchase a new refrigerator in the clinic in hopes to offer pediatric vaccines during well-child visits in the future.

Since the program’s inception in 1995, MultiPlan has been helping hospitals in rural areas and the populations they serve. Grant recipients use the funds to introduce or expand services, educate their populations, provide screenings and undertake other endeavors that support the healthcare needs of people in their communities.

MultiPlan helps healthcare payors manage the cost of care, improve their competitiveness and inspire positive change. Leveraging sophisticated technology, data analytics and a team rich with industry experience, MultiPlan interprets clients’ needs and customizes innovative solutions that combine its payment and revenue integrity, network-based, analytics-based and data and decision science services. MultiPlan is a trusted partner to over 700 healthcare payors in the commercial health, government and property and casualty markets.

SMFM Clinic Receives 2023/2024 RHCAP Grant!

SMFM Clinic Receives 2023/2024 RHCAP Grant!

St. Maries Family Medicine received a grant with a plan of revamping its well child program!

The 2023/2024 Rural Health Care Access Program Grant (RHCAP) awards funding to projects that help rural communities improve access to primary care. BCH and SMFM thank the Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care, and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for this grant opportunity!

This grant was written to upgrade some pediatric items in the clinic, with an overall goal of revamping the well-child program!

  • New Pediatric Scale and Treatment Table
  • Spot Vision Screener (tests vision as early as 6-months old!
  • New Pediatric Exam Room with Space Theme!
  • Loan Repayment for new Provider, etc.

The St. Maries Rotary Club as well as Valley Vista Care Corp., also supported this project by providing funds for the purchase of books that children will receive during their well-child visits.

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:

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)