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Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanSeptember 10, 2013 


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Retired cardiologist wins LeBow award

Dr. Bob Hay has been selected to receive this year’s Bob LeBow Community Health Award from Terry Reilly Health Services. The award was presented in August as part of Terry Reilly’s celebration of its newly remodeled medical and mental health clinic in Caldwell.

Hay was chosen to honor his serving as a role model for physicians in supporting access to specialist services for Terry Reilly patients. He also helped initiate the Bob LeBow Bike Tour, which is held every June.

The Bob LeBow Community Health Award is named for the man who served as medical director of Terry Reilly for nearly 30 years before he died in 2003. The award is presented to individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions to community health.

Kelly named exchange finance director

(Editor's note: This item has been corrected. An earlier version misstated Pat Kelley's new job title.)

Pat Kelly, a Boise native and small business founder, is joining the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange as finance director.

Kelly has 20 years of diverse financial experience covering a wide range of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing and business consulting. He will be responsible for oversight, strategic direction and day-to-day implementation of the financial operation of the exchange.

The exchange plans to establish a consumer connector program through which support and training would be provided to a network of support personnel across the state. The exchange conducted a competitive bidding process and has contracted with Public Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that supports public sector health, human services and other government clients.

Dental association gets new officers

Jack Kulm, DMD, of Wendell, succeeds Jack D. Klure, DDS, of Meridian, as president of the Idaho State Dental Association.

The dental association leadership also includes; president-elect John Blaisdell, DDS, of Caldwell, and secretary/treasurer S. John Staley, DDS, of Boise.

The Idaho State Dental Association represents 800 licensed dentists committed to the advancement of the dental profession and good oral health for Idahoans.

Gem State center marks 30 years

Gem State Developmental Center, owned by Martin and Rosalie Landholm, is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the first developmental disability agency in Idaho. Its slogan is “Exceptional service for extraordinary people.”

The Landholms opened the doors of Gem State Developmental Center in 1983. Since then, the center has served thousands of individuals and employed hundreds of people at the company’s four centers in Meridian and Nampa.

Gem State Developmental Center has participated in disability advocacy events and rallies, entered winning projects at the Western Idaho Fair and offered four contestants in the Idaho Miss Amazing Pageant this past February. One went on to the national pageant.

Saint Al’s gets CT accreditation

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in computed tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Saint Al’s is the only hospital in Idaho to earn accreditation for cardiac computed tomography, and it also earned accreditation in the areas of abdomen, head/neck and chest.

CT scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. In addition to cardiac CT, Saint Alphonsus earned the American College of Radiology gold seal of accreditation, which is awarded only to facilities meeting the organization’s practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

Saint Alphonsus is also accredited in ultrasound and in 2010, the American College of Radiology designated Saint Al’s Breast Care Center as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence for achieving accreditation in all breast imaging modalities.

The American College of Radiology serves more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Wright promoted to AmeriBen president

Ben Wright will also retain the title of chief financial officer for the organization of health benefit administrators.

Andy Fujimoto will continue as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Carrie Hatch has been promoted to chief operating officer. Jon Aubrey has been promoted to executive vice president.

Wright joined AmeriBen in 2007 and has been essentially leading AmeriBen’s third-party administrator business for years, helping AmeriBen double the size of that business during the past five years.

As CEO, Fujimoto’s primary responsibilities continue to include leadership, mentoring and organizational development as well as direct oversight of the Human Resource Consulting and Retirement Administration business units.

Hatch has oversight of operations and leads the charge in developing innovative solutions to improve AmeriBen’s ability to control health care costs and provide superior service and strategic flexibility.

Aubrey has taken on more responsibility and continues to expand the sales department to keep pace with the third party administrator’s long-term strategies.

West Valley named top place to work

West Valley Medical Center is the only hospitals in Idaho to achieve designation among the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2013 by Modern Healthcare. The annual award recognizes employers in the health care industry nationwide that empower employees to perform at their optimum level. Those employees then make a difference by providing patients and customers with the best possible care and services.

The recognition program collects and evaluates information from employers and feedback from employees regarding eight core categories including leadership and planning, culture and communications, role satisfaction, working environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits, and overall satisfaction.

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