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Nonprofi t Org. U.S. Postage PAID Portland, OR Permit No Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 1055 N. Curtis, Boise, ID A J O U R N A L P R O M O T I N G H E A L T H E D U C A T I O N A N D H E A L I N G F A L L WHERE YOuR DOCTOR? urgent CARE? THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT? F Finding the best, most appropriate medical care when you re sick can be a challenge. Many people, with or without insurance, tend to head for the emergency department. Based upon how sick you are, you could be in for a long wait to see a physician there. Some people may wait days or weeks to see their primary care physician. Others may go to an urgent care clinic for more immediate relief. Each medical option serves a specific purpose. With different medical specialists, diagnostic capabilities, and pricing and insurance models, it s up to you to determine what s best for you when you need medical care. Saint Alphonsus recognizes the struggles people have when deciding where to go for care. Our mission is to improve the care of the community and make health care as convenient and affordable as possible. We ve extended care beyond the walls of our hospital and made it more convenient and accessible in small neighborhoods and surrounding Treasure Valley cities, says Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus. We have implemented a simple structure which provides people access to a variety of high-quality DO YOu GO WHEN YOu RE SICK? care centers depending upon your medical needs and location. QuICK, CONvENIENT CARE Saint Alphonsus Express Care just launched a brand-new service the first in Idaho that offers basic medical care for adults and kids 24 months and older at a reasonable price. Located in select Albertsons and Rite Aid stores, Express Care offers certified medical providers, such as nurse practitioners, who can assess, diagnose and treat basic minor medical conditions for one low, flat fee of $45. From colds, flu and sinus infections to insect bites, rashes and sunburns, Saint Alphonsus Express Care can take care of you quickly no appointment and no insurance required. Most visits are expected to take around 15 minutes, and the clinics are open seven days a week. Plus, you can fill your prescription before you leave the store. Saint Alphonsus also has Urgent Care facilities in Saint Alphonsus Medical Group clinics that offer board-certified physicians who can see you for a wide range of illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening. They often offer fast, convenient service they are open evenings and Continued on page 2 save the date! PLEASE JOIN US TO PREVIEW THE TREASURE VALLEY S NEWEST, MOST ADVANCED MEDICAL FACILITIES Eagle Health Plaza Emergency Department Community Open House Saturday, Sept a.m. to 1 p.m. 323 E. Riverside Drive (corner of Eagle Road and Highway 44), Eagle New facilities, partnerships improve health care for idahoans Sandra Bruce, President and CEO As fall begins, the staff and physicians at Saint Alphonsus are eagerly getting ready to open several new health care facilities throughout the Treasure Valley. In the next several weeks, we will open Idaho s first retail-based medical clinics called Express Care clinics located in select Albertsons grocery stores and Rite Aid drugstores; a full-service, 24-hour Emergency Department at the Eagle Health Plaza in Eagle; and the Center for Advanced Healing, the new nine-story patient care tower on our Boise, Curtis Road campus. Please read the stories within this issue for more information. We are excited to share these new facilities with the community. I also invite you to join us at our Community Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 4 p.m., for a tour of the new center, one of the most advanced clinical care settings in the northwest. The Eagle Health Plaza Community Open House is on Saturday, Sept. 29, Continued on page 4 Center for Advanced Healing Community Open House Sunday, Oct. 28 Noon to 4 p.m N. Curtis Road, Boise InSide 5 HEART ATTACk SURVIVING A WIDOW MAKER 7 9 FESTIVAL OF TREES JOIN THE STROkE SPEEDY, EXPERT CARE SAVES A LIFE LIFE FLIGHT EMERGENCY TRANSPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT s e r V i n g o u r C o M M u n i t Y WHERE DO YOu GO? Continued from page 1 save the date! OPENiNg OcTObEr 1 24-hour Emergency Department opening at Eagle Health Plaza Specialized, full-service emergency care from the same physicians who treat the region s most critically ill and injured at Saint Alphonsus Trauma Center is coming to Eagle Health Plaza on Oct. 1. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week Board-certified emergency physicians Certified emergency nurses CT, MRI, x-ray, ultrasound imaging Chris Tobe, MD, Eagle Emergency Department Medical Director weekends and you don t need an appointment. Urgent Care generally costs less than an emergency room visit and accepts most insurance plans. ONGOING CARE People who make a commitment to their health see great benefits in establishing a regular relationship with a primary care physician. Saint Alphonsus Medical Group is a primary care network of more than 85 physicians and providers who provide health and wellness care for your entire family at 18 clinics throughout the Treasure Valley. The Medical Group provides physicians board-certified in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational medicine, and urgent care. A primary care physician offers continuous help with undiagnosed health concerns, and can also: Provide preventive and routine screenings Provide long-term management of chronic conditions Provide referrals to specialists and collaborate with them in your care Coordinate the care given to you by hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and long-term care facilities Act as a comprehensive repository for your medical records Aid in helping you determine healthy lifestyle choices Continuous care with a primary care physician is particularly important for patients with complex medical conditions that require prolonged treatment and monitoring, such as diabetes and hypertension. Some people think that seeing a physician on a regular basis actually increases health care costs because EAglE health PlAzA Access to Boise Specialty Physicians you access health resources more often. That is not necessarily true, says Michael Patmas, MD, CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group. Seeing a physician for appropriate preventive screenings provides you the opportunity to detect disease at an earlier, more treatable stage, saving you thousands of dollars in health care costs in the long run. EMERGENCY CARE Many people who feel sick enough to seek medical help prefer to go directly to the Emergency Department. The Saint Alphonsus Emergency Department is known throughout the region for providing the best quality care to critically ill and injured patients. We offer two full-service emergency facilities that are open 24 hours, seven days a week one in Boise and the other opening in Eagle on Oct. 1. In the Emergency Department, care is provided by board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses trained and skilled to care for critically ill and injured patients. The Emergency Department is able to provide lab, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-ray, ultrasound and pharmacy, as well as immediate access to other specialized resources to quickly diagnose and treat any condition. Not every cut or burn requires a trip to the Emergency Department. However, experts say it s best to err on the side of caution and seek emergency medical help if you think it s needed. Find your own primary care physician under Find a Doctor at Community Open House All attendees will receive a deluxe first aid kit. Saturday, Sept a.m. to 1 p.m. 323 E. Riverside Drive (corner of Eagle Road and Highway 44) Eagle, Idaho Get help fast when the following warning signs are present: Chest pain lasting two minutes or more Uncontrolled bleeding Sudden or severe pain Coughing or vomiting blood Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea Change in mental status, such as difficulty arousing Anyone experiencing any of the above symptoms should call 911 for an ambulance. CARE ALL IN ONE The Saint Alphonsus Health Plazas offer a full spectrum of health and wellness services, including emergency or urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, outpatient/same-day surgery, and primary and specialized physician care. The Health Plazas offer a medical home for your and your family s preventive and ongoing care needs, as well as provide immediate or same-day medical services. The Health Plazas are conveniently located in Meridian and Eagle. BECOME A SMARTER HEALTH CARE CONSuMER Many people feel powerless maneuvering through today s costly and complex health care system just to seek basic medical care. But you shouldn t. With knowledge and a little bit of planning, you can become a smart and savvy health care consumer. Take the time to learn more about the variety of medical services available, and ask yourself where you would go for a basic or recurring condition versus something that feels more serious. Look at your insurance options carefully. New services are available, like Saint Alphonsus Express Care, that provide quality care for a low, fixed rate and don t require insurance. You know your body best, so trust what it s telling you. Sometimes it s simply telling you to slow down, relax, get more rest and limit your stress. Making important lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, limiting your use of alcohol, eating better and exercising more, can make a big difference in how you feel. However, when your body is telling you to seek medical care, know that you won t have to go far to find the best care available. By doing these simple things, you can make a positive impact on your overall health as well as general health care in this community. Source: Provided by the American College of Emergency Physicians F A L L H E A L T H S C E N E cut out and save NOW OPEN! Quick, convenient and affordable medical care Saint Alphonsus medical care services: Where to go for minor to critical care Saint Alphonsus Express Care Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Urgent Care Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Saint Alphonsus Emergency Department Saint Alphonsus Health Plaza Type of care Health conditions treated* Care provided by Care for common minor conditions Care for minor to moderate conditions Central point of care for preventive, routine, chronic and acute conditions Care for minor, moderate, serious, critical, and life-threatening conditions Community health center offers a broad range of sameday medical services and outpatient surgical care n colds n flu n cough n ear or sinus infections n cold sores n sore throat n allergies n hives n rash n insect bites n itchy skin n sunburn n skin infections Same as Express Care, plus: n sports injuries n abdominal pain n headaches n body aches n bronchitis n back pain n pneumonia n nausea health and wellness care preventive screenings annual physicals immunizations and shots management of chronic conditions workplace injuries referrals to specialists coordination of patient hospital stay, rehab and long-term care Same conditions as Express Care and Urgent Care; proceed directly and immediately to the emergency department if the following warning signs are present: n chest pain n uncontrolled bleeding n sudden or severe pain n coughing or vomiting blood n difficulty breathing or shortness of breath n sudden dizziness or weakness n change in vision n severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea n change in mental status, such as difficulty arousing Emergency Department (Eagle) Urgent Care (Meridian) Radiology and imaging Lab Primary and specialty care physicians Physical therapy Outpatient surgery and procedures Vision care (Eagle) Pharmacy (Eagle) When you re sick all you want is to feel better fast. With Saint Alphonsus Express Care, feeling better is now as quick and convenient as a trip to your local pharmacy or grocery store. Express Care clinics offer certified Saint Alphonsus nurse practitioners and physician assistants who assess, diagnose and treat your basic medical conditions for one low, flat fee of $45. Medical services are available to adults and children 24 months and older. No appointment is needed No insurance is required You can fill your prescriptions before you leave the store A record of your visit will be sent to your primary care physician (with your permission) Life is busy we get it. Next time you re sick, visit Saint Alphonsus Express Care. We ll have you In, Out and On Your Way. Nurse practitioner or physician assistant Board-certified physicians Nurse practitioners Physician assistants Board-certified physicians Pediatrics Internal medicine Family medicine Obstetrics and gynecology Occupational medicine Nurse practitioners Physician assistants Nurse midwives Board-certified emergency physicians Board-certified physicians Nurse practitioners Physician assistants BOISE Albertsons Eagle and McMillan 4700 N. Eagle Road Columbia Village 6560 S. Federal Way Rite Aid 15th and State 1515 W. State St. Apple and Boise 660 E. Boise Ave. Average visit length Minimum visit cost+ Locations 15 minutes One flat fee of $45 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Albertsons Boise 4700 N. Eagle Road 6560 S. Federal Way Rite Aid Boise 1515 W. State St. 660 E. Boise Ave. Rite Aid Caldwell 2809 E. Cleveland Blvd. (opening early 2008) For more information, call SAMG ( ) or visit 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes to 1 hour Basic visits start at $80 to $100 Basic visits start at $80 to $100 1 to 4 hours Cost will vary widely depending upon extent of diagnostic and medical services provided and health insurance coverage. CALDWELL Rite Aid 2809 E. Cleveland Blvd. Opening early 2008 For more information, visit or call SAMG ( ). Open 7 days a week Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Meridian 3025 W. Cherry Lane Nampa 1200 Garrity Blvd Caldwell 315 E. Elm For more information, call SAMG ( ) or visit Over 85 providers at 18 Treasure Valley Clinics For same-day appointments or to find a physician, call SAMG ( ) or visit OPEN 24 HOURS Boise 1005 N. Curtis Road Eagle Eagle Health Plaza 323 E. Riverside Drive Eagle 323 E. Riverside Drive Emergency open 24 hours a day Meridian 3025 W. Cherry Lane Urgent Care open 7 days a week *Health conditions listed are intended to be a simple, quick reference guide and not a complete list of medical services provided. +Costs listed are only intended to be a guide and will vary widely depending upon medical condition, extent of medical services provided and insurance coverage. For more information about your specific costs, please consult your health insurance benefit plan representative regarding your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. F A L L H E A L T H S C E N E H E A L T H T A L K N E W S, v I E W S & T I P S New facilities Continued from page 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $161.2 million facility was built using architectural design principles proven to aid healing, with stateof-the-art technologies incorporated into the surgical suites, intensive care unit, patient rooms and clinical areas. It was built with the generosity and support of many people to meet our community s explosive growth and to provide our highly skilled physicians with a worldclass clinical environment in which to treat patients. Achieving our vision Ten years ago, our board of trustees, key physicians and leadership team developed Vision 2010 a plan to address community needs for health care services beyond the hospital campus. Vision 2010 called for services to be delivered across multiple settings (home, physician office, Internet, outpatient center) and multiple geographies (Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell, out-of-state, etc.). With 2010 two years away, I am thrilled to see the progress we have made toward this vision. We have launched a newly enhanced website to help you manage your health, provide educational resources and offer improved customer service. We have collaborated with West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, forming the Saint Alphonsus West Valley Health Alliance, to enhance the quality of care and provide an expanded network of clinical resources for residents of the western Treasure Valley. Eagle Health Plaza s Emergency Department will treat urgent and critical care conditions. Express Care clinics in retail settings will care for patients with minor health conditions. Idaho s first fleet of eight InTouch RP-7 remote presence robots has been deployed across Idaho community hospitals and at Saint Alphonsus to pilot telemedicine initiatives. Idaho s first pharmacy robot will eliminate medication errors, improving patient safety. New physicians and other medical providers are joining Saint Alphonsus Medical Group each month to meet population growth needs. Bringing you the best We want you to stay healthy and have an ongoing relationship with your personal or family physician that includes preventive screenings and regular physicals. We want to provide you with state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic services to catch diseases in their earliest stage. We strive to provide tools that allow us and your family members to be partners in health and healing. But whatever your medical need, situation or stage of life happens to be, know that we remain committed to providing world-class health care the best, safest and fastest ways to heal. That is what Advanced Healing is all about. We have been blessed with the generosity, support and passion of many people to help create these new environments. Please join us at our Community Open Houses. HEALING HEARTS. Inside and Out. WALTER SEALE, MD, FACC MARK PARENT, MD, FACC FREDERICK BADKE, MD, FACC DONALD STOTT, MD, FACC STEVEN WRITER, MD, FACC Saint Alphonsus is proud to announce the formation of a new cardiology physician group practice Idaho Heart Care effective October 1. Please join us in welcoming the physicians above in their new affiliation with the Saint Alphonsus Heart & Vascular Center. These physicians have a long history of providing superior cardiac care to our communities, and have played a key role in Saint Alphonsus being ranked #1 in Idaho for Overall Cardiac Services by Health Grades (2007) and other independent quality ranking organizations. Sincerely, Sandra Bennett Bruce President and CEO 6140 Curtisian Drive, Saint Alphonsus Campus, Boise 367-HART ( ) F A L L H E A L T H S C E N E H e a r t H e a l i n g Rick and Lori Pew Heart attack An incredible survival Richard (Rick) Pew did not fit the mold of the typical heart attack victim. Rick, a 46-year-old construction worker, was an avid outdoorsman with a busy family life. He didn t spend time in the gym, but his lifestyle kept him active. Even though Rick was a longtime smoker, he looked healthy and felt fine. But on Jan. 20, 2007, his life would change. WIDOW MAKER It was a late January afternoon when Rick was helping remodel his son s home. Rick laid down his hammer to grab some pizza while his son, Brandon, pounded in a few more nails. When Brandon came to join Rick a few minutes later, he found his father motionless on the floor. Brandon instantly called 911, and within four minutes the emergency medical services (EMS) unit was on the scene. Rick was having a massive heart attack, which was complicated by a cardiac arrest. Rick had been struck by a widow maker heart attack, named by cardiologists for its efficiency at doing just that. But within three minutes of arriving on the scene, the emergency medical personnel had restarted Rick s heart and then placed a tube to assist his breathing. Alive, but unresponsive, Rick was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Emergency Department, where cardiologist David Oakes, MD, was called in. Rick was then taken to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where a procedure was perform
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