Making Good in Health: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

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Belcher joins Regence

Craig Belcher is Regence's new director of network management.

He will be responsible for developing and implementing a multistate network strategy, promoting innovative provider reimbursement methodologies, and building relationships with key providers, the health insurer says.

Belcher has 20 years of experience in the health care industry. He most recently led the reimbursement and managed care teams at Surgical Care Affiliates for Idaho. Previously, he served Blue Cross of Idaho in leadership roles in provider contracting, decision support services and data analysis. He also spent several years with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise with the provider support and business planning teams.

Belcher holds an MBA from Boise State University and a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the University of Montana. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming.

Bodybuilding.com opens outdoor gym

Bodybuilding.com, in Meridian, worked with area yoga studios for the first official Idaho Health and Yoga Awareness Week, June 3 through 9. The company also held a grand opening for Boise's first outdoor gym in Ann Morrison Park.

"We live in an extremely active community," says Bodybuilding.com founder and CEO Ryan DeLuca. "We wanted to build on that spirit by giving everyone a chance to experience the life-changing physical and mental benefits of a gym - for free."

Idaho Health and Yoga Awareness Week was created to help Idahoans develop a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, and prevent disease by using yoga as a medium for good health.

Bodybuilding.com says it is the largest online sports nutrition company in the world. Its goal has been to make its website the best source for bodybuilding information and interactivity on the Internet while providing the largest online bodybuilding store for quick and easy shopping.

Clinic for uninsured celebrates 10 years

The Garden City Community Clinic passed its 10th anniversary of providing medical care for lower-income, uninsured people on May 15.

The clinic provides care to people whose incomes are less than twice the federal poverty level and have no public or private insurance benefits. It operates on an onsite medical home model, which works to coordinate all aspects of patient care, including primary health, basic dental, mental health care, and prescription assistance.

"We are 'one-stop shopping' for the uninsured," says Steven Reames, executive director of Genesis World Mission, which oversees the Garden City clinic. "We've found that when people can get all the services they need in a single location that it is more effective than referring them to other off-site community resources."

Saint Al's honors bishop, 2 businesses

Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Idaho, Idaho Emergency Physicians and Gem State Radiology have received the 2013 Saint Alphonsus Foundation Distinguished Citizen Awards.

Driscoll was ordained a priest in 1965 in California. Pope John Paul II appointed him the seventh bishop of Boise in 1999. He advocates for health care for poor and vulnerable populations and has supported the Sisters of the Holy Cross in providing for the spiritual needs of patients.

Idaho Emergency Physicians is a physician-owned company established in 1974 that provides emergency medical care to Saint Alphonsus emergency departments throughout Southwest Idaho. The company's 41 physicians also provide medical direction for emergency medical services and other health care organizations.

Gem State Radiology has served the Valley for 40 years. In 1999, Gem State Radiology established Intermountain Medical Imaging to provide diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services to patients at Saint Alphonsus.

Gem State Radiology consists of 27 radiologists who are board certified. Many have acquired further specialty fellowship training in their particular areas of expertise.

West Valley earns hospital safety award

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell has achieved an "A" in the biannual Hospital Safety Score published by The Leapfrog Group.

This is the third consecutive time that the hospital has been recognized for meeting evidence-based patient-safety guidelines.

More than 2,600 hospitals were included in the national scoring. and nine hospitals in Idaho were scored.

West Valley says several initiatives contribute to its patients' safety, including a multidisciplinary safety committee and participation in a study with the Joint Commission to prevent surgical site infections. Investments in technologies such as computerized medication management also help, the hospital says.

Leapfrog compiles 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data into a single score that represents a hospital's capacity to keep patients safe from infections and injuries as well as medical and medication errors.

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