COVID Update

COVID-19 UPDATE

The health and safety of our staff and community is BCH’s highest priority. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself and others is vaccination. The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people. The COVID-19 Vaccinations are safe and effective, and are the best way to prevent serious illness and death.

Why get vaccinated?

  • Protect yourself and our community from getting seriously ill
  • The COVID vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades – they are NOT experimental.
  • Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant.
  • To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination, please visit the CDC’s website: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC
  • If you are unsure about getting vaccinated, please schedule an appointment with a provider you trust to discuss vaccination.

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

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

Are any of the vaccines FDA Approved?

Where can I get vaccinated?

BCH’s Mask Policy

  • ALL patients, visitors, and staff are REQUIRED to wear masks at all times while within the facility. Patients and visitors who refuse to wear a face covering may be asked to leave the facility.

BCH’s Visitor Policy

 We know how important it is for our patients to be with their loved ones when they are ill/hospitalized.

  • The Emergency Department and the Medical/Surgical Unit allow for one (1) visitor per patient per day (visitor to be chosen by patient). This exclude patients with confirmed/suspected COVID-19. Once a visitor leaves for the day, they cannot re-enter the hospital until the next business day.
  • Patients in Hospice Care will be allowed to have family and close friends visit them at end of life. Hospice patients will have individualized visitation plans per each family.
  • Visitors MUST wear a face mask during their ENTIRE visit, and they MUST remain in the patient room. All visitors will participate in the screening process prior to entering the facility.
  • Visitors must also be at least 18 years of age, must be free of fever within the last 72-hours, and must not have any other, current symptoms of COVID-19.

 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!

 

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