Retirement Celebrating Terry Spohr, PA-C

Benewah Community Hospital invites the public to join us on Wednesday, October 4th in the Blue Spruce Cafe from 3pm to 4:30pm to celebrate the retirement of Terry Spohr, PA-C.

There will be light snacks and refreshments. Please take the time to stop by and wish Terry a happy retirement!

Flu Shots Available – St. Maries Family Medicine

Benewah Community Hospital & St. Maries Family Medicine is excited to offer the Flu Vaccination for the 2017-2018 season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Get Your Flu Shot – Available NOW in the Walk-In Clinic!

In observance and honor of this holiday our hours will be changing…

St. Maries Family Medicine & Specialty Clinic CLOSED Monday, September 4th ** St. Maries Family Medicine & Specialty Clinic will return to normal business hours, Tuesday September 5, 2017


Remember: For Medical Emergencies please DO NOT wait for care!

Call 911 immediately or visit Benewah Community Hospital Emergency Department!

2017 Lab Fair

Benewah Community Hospital (BCH) invites you to participate in our annual community Lab Fair event on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 7am to 10am.

During this event, the community can get labs at reduced costs. In April 2017, BCH offered a health fair, which is our biggest Spring event and our wonderful community was able to take advantage of the reduced labs then, much like with the Lab Fair in September.

Our community has shown so much interest in these reduced labs and BCH is excited to bring it to our community semi-annually.

Hope you can make it!

Lab Fair Tests Offered – Reduced Prices (Cash or Check ONLY)

A1C (Glucose Indicator)                      $15.00

Complete Blood Count (CBC)              $15.00

Lipid Panel (Cholesterol)                    $15.00

TSH (Thyroid)                                      $15.00

PSA (Prostate Screening)                   $15.00

Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)     $25.00

**Fasting Required


2017 Employee & Provider of the Year

Two Benewah Community Hospital employees were honored this month as provider of the year and employee of the year.

Dr. Terry Davenport, of St. Maries Family Medicine, was named provider of the year.

Polly Grasham, who is the materials manager, was named employee of the year.

With 19 years’ service to BCH, Dr. Davenport said he continues to enjoy working at the facility. He said he was very surprised to be selected for the recognition.

“It was a pleasant surprise, and I was very honored,” he said. “This is a great hospital and a great staff that is very patient-centered. We have good cooperation among the nursing staff and the physicians usually get along well with administration.”

Dr. Davenport said the patients he’s seen over the years are like family. He added, “people do really appreciate the care they get here.”

Mrs. Grasham has worked at the facility for five years and said she was equally surprised and honored by the recognition. She stepped into Judy Bailey’s position after she retired.

“She worked here for 42 years and I thought how will I ever know everything that she knew, but I got to work with her for a year before she retired and have enjoyed it since,” Mrs. Grasham said.

As part of her position, Mrs. Grasham purchases everything from air filters to orthopedic implants to Band-Aids.

“I try to find products with the best quality and price,” she said.

She added she enjoys working with the rest of the staff at the hospital and making sure she does the best she can.

“I think we are all aligned in our mission to provide excellent and quality care to patients,” Mrs. Grasham said. “We work together to achieve that.”

By Summer Williams The Gazette Record

BCH Honors Veterans with FREE Lunch

VA Event

Benewah Community Hospital supports Veterans and invites them to join us Friday, May 26, 2017 for a FREE lunch in the Blue Spruce Cafe from 11am to 2pm. A Veteran’s Representative will be here at Benewah Community Hospital from 10am to 3pm to answer questions and assist Veterans with benefits.


2017 Community Health Fair

Join Us – Saturday, April 29th 7am -10am

Health Fair

Benewah Community Hospital is proud to announce that our annual health fair will be April 29, 2017 from 7am to 10am. Join us for your chance to win prizes and meet health/wellness vendors from our community. There will be snacks and refreshments. We will also have the following services;

-Reduced Lab Prices



-Community Health Vendors

-Skin Checks


Health Fair Tests Offered – Reduced Lab Prices (Cash or Check ONLY)

A1C (Glucose Indicator) $15.00
Complete Blood Count (CBC) $15.00
Lipid Panel (Cholesterol) $15.00
TSH (Thyroid) $15.00
PSA (Prostate Screening) $15.00
Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) $25.00

**Fasting Required

We look forward to having you! If you cannot make it to this year’s health fair…don’t worry! We will have our annual Lab Fair September 2017!

Dr. Aragundi

Meet our Family – Dr. Aragundi, MD

Dr. Aragundi, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician who has 30 years of experience in family medicine. Dr. Aragundi is a compassionate provider who is looking forward to being your Doctor. She will return to St. Maries Family Medicine on January 23rd. To schedule an appointment to see her please call the Clinic at 208-245-2591.

Prescription Assitance

Prescription Assistance

Do you need assistance affording your prescriptions? Our Health Educator may be able to assist you! You may qualify if you are:

  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured
  • Participate in Medicare Part D
  • Take prescriptions not covered by your insurance
  • Have high deductibles and copays.

We will work together to determine your eligibility and assist you in receiving your medications at little to no cost to you! Call Tracy Barden at 245-7620 to schedule an appointment or for more information

Patients are our Family – Patient Testimonial

Patients are our Family – Patient Testimonial

Merry Aschinger was treated in BCH’s Swing Bed Program and credits it and the staff for her progress. Swing beds are used as a way for patients to be given ongoing care without changing their location, providing them an opportunity to continue to heal comfortably.

“I found people who loved their work, their fellow staff members and their patients. The people who care for me were the best part of my swing bed stay. The staff was wonderful. I had a good time and didn’t even realize how much they were helping. I chose to use the Swing Bed Program for my therapy because it was convenient. I still received hospital care, the monitoring any my prescriptions, but the Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist were in control of my rehab. So now, today, I am going home with the tools and skills I need to continue to improve. I can wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone who needs it; you will receive the tools you need, support you need and the encouragement you need.”

Merry Aschinger
BCH Swing Bed Patient

For more information regarding this program, please contact Staci or Mary in Care Management at (208) 245-7628.

Photo credit: Devon Barta, Gazette Record