Making Good in Health

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanOctober 8, 2013 


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Munger promoted

Lisa Munger has been named chief certified registered nurse anesthetist for Anesthesia Associates of Boise.

Munger received her bachelor's in nursing from Boise State University in 1990. She worked in the Saint Alphonsus intensive care unit for many years before attending anesthesia school. She graduated with her master's of anesthesiology education from Gonzaga University in 2004 and has been employed as a board certified registered nurse anesthetist with Anesthesia Associates since graduation. Now the organization's chief CRNA in Meridian, she will begin her new job in January.

BSU center gains new accreditation

The Boise State University College of Health Sciences Simulation Center has received accreditation in the area of teaching and education. The center is the first in Idaho and the first west of St. Louis not affiliated with a major medical institution to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs.

Since the society began its accreditation program in 2010, 33 centers have been accredited worldwide, including 31 in the U.S. Simulation programs must demonstrate compliance with core and area-specific standards and they must have at least two years of experience in the area in which they seek accreditation.

To achieve accreditation in the area of teaching and education, Boise State's Simulation Center had to demonstrate that it met standards for learning activities, qualified educators, curriculum design, learning environment, educational credit and curriculum feedback and improvement.

With an accredited simulation center, the College of Health Sciences will be able to further pursue its goal of promoting inter-professional education for Boise State health sciences students.

Britton joins board

Michelle Britton has been elected to the board of directors of the statewide nonprofit health and human service organization, Mountain States Group Inc.

Since 1974, Mountain States Group has supported services in rural health, mental health, public health and policy, healthy children and families, refugee services and economic development, and healthy aging.

Davis honoredas family doctor

Keith Davis, M.D., FAAFP, was named national 2014 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians during the third general session of its Scientific Assembly. The award honors a U.S. family doctor who provides compassionate and comprehensive care and serves as a role model professionally and personally.

Davis is the only practicing physician in Idaho's southern Lincoln County, which has a population of more than 5,200 people. As owner, medical director and CEO of the Shoshone Family Medical Center since 1985, Davis employs two physician assistants, a nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. The center also offers mental health counseling and a diabetes education program. In addition, Davis attends at three area hospitals and has served the past 15 years as county coroner.

Davis attended medical school on scholarship from the National Health Service Corps. In return for the scholarship, he agreed to serve in an area with a shortage of health professionals. Following residency, he moved to Shoshone, which at the time had one doctor who was awaiting retirement. Davis remains in Shoshone 28 years later.

Davis also serves as medical director at A Promise of Hope Hospice and cares for patients at numerous assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. He is a past chief of staff at St. Luke's Jerome Medical Center. He is known for making house calls in the vast rural area.

He is a clinical instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He also serves as affiliate faculty at the Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program, where he was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award.

For more than 20 years he has been active in the University of Washington School of Medicine's Rural Underserved Opportunities Program, an elective immersion experience providing first- and second-year medical students early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care in rural and urban underserved environments.

Davis has been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1985 and has held numerous state-level leadership positions, including president. He was named Idaho Family Physician of the Year in 2012.

Davis volunteers for the American Cancer Society and has held numerous leadership positions, including unit chairman, Idaho Division president, Rocky Mountain Division/Great West Division National Assembly delegate and Rocky Mountain Division board member. In 1998, he was awarded the St. George Medal for his ongoing leadership, commitment and dedication to the society's mission to combat cancer.

He was a founding member and is on the board of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of the Magic Valley and has served on the boards of the Idaho Rural Health Association and Shoshone Rotary Club. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America.

Born and raised in Oregon, Davis earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his family medicine residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

He earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Saint Al's honored

The Saint Alphonsus Neuroscience Institute has received the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospital Organization's Gold Seal of Approval as a primary stroke center.

Saint Alphonsus, the longest continuously certified primary stroke center, achieved this by demonstrating compliance with national stroke standards and performance measurement expectations. It is the only hospital in the region to have trauma, chest pain and stroke certifications.

Neuroscience Institute Director Nichole Whitener calls the recertification "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide the highest quality stroke care." Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission aims to continuously improve the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.

Kohl's contributesto children's hospital

Kohl's has donated more than $66,000 to St. Luke's Children's Hospital.

Combatting childhood obesity and encouraging safe and healthy behaviors for children in Idaho is the focus of an ongoing community awareness and education campaign launched by the children's hospital and Safe Kids Treasure Valley.

On Sept. 14, Dave Grieser, general manager of the Kohl's in Meridian, presented St. Luke's Children's Hospital Director Bev Holland with the donation during a youth safety and health fair. This is the sixth year the department store chain has provided funding to the hospital, committing more than $360,000 to help promote safety programs for local children.

Funding from Kohl's will help support childhood obesity prevention efforts and an education and distribution program called "Safety in a Snap!" The goal of the program will be to teach children and their parents and/or caregivers the importance of using safety gear when riding a bike or skateboard, riding in a car or participating in water activities.

The Kohl's donations are made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause-merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys, with 100 percent benefiting children's health and education programs nationwide. It has raised more than $231 million through this program.

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