Making Good in Health: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJuly 9, 2013 


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Data exchange leader Carrell wins award

Scott Carrell, executive director of the Idaho Health Data Exchange, has been named a Health Information Exchange Leader of 2013 by the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. Carrell is among five national recipients of the awards for achievement in applied medical informatics.

The exchange enables participating Idaho health care providers to retrieve patient data and diagnostic-quality images from hospitals, providers, labs and radiology centers and to exchange data with other health care providers electronically.

Exchange now links all Saint Al's hospitals

Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Nampa, Ontario and Baker City are now connected to the Idaho Health Data Exchange.

Idaho and eastern Oregon physicians and health care professionals who participate in IHDE are able to view patient data from other Saint Alphonsus medical centers, including the one in Boise.

"With the successful implementation of Cerner PowerChart and FirstNet in Baker City, Ontario and Nampa, the Saint Alphonsus Health System now has a fully integrated electronic medical record," says Dr. Rick Turner, chief medical information officer for the Saint Alphonsus Health System and a member of exchange's board. "This system allows for the seamless transfer of medical information across all four SAHS hospitals, as well as their many clinics and health facilities."

Nutrition Works director appointed

Anji Armagost has been named project director of Nutrition Works, a program of Mountain States Group Inc.

Nutrition Works is a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which helps to ensure that children in child care receive nutritious meals and snacks.

Mountain States Group operates programs to advance health and social and economic well-being.

2 physicians join Blackfoot hospital

Dr. Prashanth Manjunath and Dr. Kenneth Newhouse have joined the staff at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.

Manjunath joins the Idaho Pain Group, a physicians group offering a multidisciplinary approach to chronic and acute pain management for residents of East Idaho. He completed his residency at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and completed a pain fellowship program at Harvard Medical School, where he gained thousands of hours of experience.

"Bingham Memorial's Idaho Pain Group takes an approach to pain management that distinguishes it from pain clinics across the country," Manjunath says. "Recognizing that a comprehensive management plan can involve many disciplines, our program includes neurology, neurosurgery, sleep specialists and others to ensure patients are receiving the best care. We know that provides a better outcome for every patient."

Newhouse, a double board-certified specialist in orthopedic and sports medicine, was trained at Yale University and completed a fellowship at Salt Lake City's Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital. He has spent the past 20 years in the area as the head team physician for Idaho State University.

Newhouse has experience in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery.

Residency staffers discuss TB Clinic

Julie Hall and Margaret Mortimer recently spoke at the North America Refugee Health Conference in Toronto, representing the Family Practice Residency of Idaho.

They were invited to present information about the recent transition of the Central District Health Department's Tuberculosis Clinic from the public department to the primary-care setting. Hall and Mortimer discussed the benefits of offering TB Clinic services in conjunction with other primary care, and lessons learned from the transition, which took place last September.

TB Clinic services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on income. They are offered at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho's Emerald Clinic, 6094 W. Emerald St., Boise, phone 514-2503. The clinic also includes a medical director, Dr. Clay Roscoe; Joshua Stroud, an epidemiologist with the Central District Health Department; and Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist.

Blue Cross awards anti-obesity grants

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health has awarded $100,000 in grants to programs aimed at reversing obesity in Idaho.

The grants to six organizations range from $5,000 to $25,000 each. They include funding for nutrition and wellness education in Blaine County schools and a fitness trail with exercise stations in Sugar-Salem.

The foundation considered applications from Idaho-based organizations and gave special consideration to community-based programs targeting low-income children. In the past two years, the foundation has given more than $255,000 to nonprofit organizations in Idaho to help improve the health and wellness of the state's youth.

Funds will help dental safety-net program

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho has awarded $5,000 to the annual Give Kids A Smile program of the Idaho State Dental Association to allow the foundation to hire a program coordinator from October through February. The coordinator will help build public awareness of the program and provide administrative support for volunteer dentists and their staffs.

"The Idaho Dental Foundation continually looks for ways to support our dentists who work together with staff to create this volunteer safety net for children," says Dr. Jack Matunas, president of the Idaho Dental Foundation. "Reducing paperwork and coordination time will be a great help so that dentists can focus their time on what they do best: taking care of patients."

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