Beauchaine named Pediatrician of Year
Dr. Angela Beauchaine, a pediatrician with Primary Health Medical Group, was honored by the Idaho chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Beauchaine is a member of the chapter's executive leadership team and is medical director for the state Children's Healthcare Improvement Collaboration Program to improve immunization rates for children ages 21 months to 24 months in Utah and Idaho. Primary Health Medical Group is one of three Idaho practices chosen to participate.
"Dr. Beauchaine's involvement in programs like CHIC has the potential to dramatically improve patient care for people of all ages," says Dr. David Peterman, president of Primary Health Medical Group.
Furner joins St. Al's sleep medical practice
Beverlee Furner, nurse practitioner, is part of the St. Alphonsus Pulmonary and Sleep Medical Practice.
She is working with all aspects of sleep medicine, including obstructive insomnia, sleep apnea and the use of constant positive airway pressure breathing devices.
Earnings from St. Al's loan fund scholarships
More than 40 Boise State University health sciences students will receive scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year because of a $2 million loan from Saint Alphonsus Health System, the university says.
The loan, invested through the Boise State University Foundation's endowment in 2011, has earned more than $131,000, which will be used by the university's College of Health Sciences to create 10 scholarships for graduate students and 31 scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing nursing and other health-related degrees. The scholarships will primarily be awarded based on financial need. These scholarships will be the first awarded at Boise State through this program.
"This is great news and it will allow the College of Health Sciences to offer a more generous scholarship package than ever before," says Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Saint Alphonsus Health System participates in the community investment program of its parent organization, Trinity Health. The program is designed to help communities improve the health of people in the service areas of its member hospitals. Boise State is the third university in the nation to benefit from the program.
"Providing access to a career in health care is a way of creating jobs in our region and training highly qualified professionals at a distinguished university," says Sally Jeffcoat, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus.
Dunnagan says the graduate scholarships will be awarded to students in advanced-degree programs such as a doctoral degree program in nursing practice and a master's degree program in gerontological nursing. Both programs will be introduced at Boise State during the next academic year.
State keeps Blue Cross insurance
The state Department of Administration says it will stay with Blue Cross of Idaho for medical, pharmacy, vision, employee-assistance and dental coverage for more than 19,000 state employees and their dependents.
The state selected Blue Cross after reviewing the qualifications and pricing of several insurance companies during an extensive bid process.
"We had been with Blue Cross of Idaho for eight years, and while we were pleased with their service, we wanted to see what our options were like with other carriers in the market," says Teresa Luna, director of the state Department of Administration.
The new contract begins July 1.
Health-data exchange hires software trainer
Joey Shelby has joined the Idaho Health Data Exchange.
Shelby will help support and train people in using the exchange's software in physician practices, hospitals and other health care organizations. He brings seven years of experience in information-technology support, documentation, training and network administration with Treasure Valley employers including Ada County Sheriff's Office, St. Luke's Health System, the city of Boise and Cougar Mountain Software.
The exchange allows the secure transfer of patient information electronically among hospitals, labs, radiology centers and other business partners. The exchange - which is separate from the planned state health-insurance exchange under the federal health law - is a nonprofit working to connect additional physician practices, hospitals, lab and radiology centers and others. It was a result of the Health Quality Planning Commission created by the Legislature in 2006.
"As the IHDE continues to add new features and experience greater participant adoption, we are committed to serving our participants with greater training and support commensurate with our growth," says Scott Carrell, executive director.
Private home care agency honored
Assisting Angels Home Care says it received this year's distinguished "Leader in Excellence" Award by Home Care Pulse, an organization that surveys the clients and employees of home health agencies to determine the agencies' strengths and weaknesses.
Home Care Pulse gave out 42 "Leader in Excellence" Awards. Assisting Angels is the only agency in Idaho to receive the award.