Achievements in Idaho health

JOb changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition

bizcom@idahostatesman.comJanuary 15, 2014 

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Dammrose heads new co-op in Idaho

Dr. Douglas Dammrose has joined Montana Health Co-op as the plan president for Idaho. Dr. Dammrose will be responsible for the oversight of the co-op’s operations in the state, including public outreach, insurance plan structure and sales.

Dammrose was the corporate medical director and senior vice president of Blue Cross of Idaho for 14 years. He was responsible for disease and case management, medical review, pharmacy management and credentialing. Before that he was a general internist with Caldwell Internal Medicine and was on the hospital staff at the West Valley Medical Center.

Dammrose did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has professional affiliations with the American College of Physicians and Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

The co-op is one of the first in the U.S. to be funded by the Affordable Care Act. The Idaho portion of the co-op will be known as the Mountain Health Cooperative.

Elks Rehab System CEO retires

Joseph P. Caroselli has stepped down from the Elks Rehab System in Boise.

“I have had the best job in the world working with our dedicated rehabilitation staff to make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve,” Caroselli says.

The system’s board of directors asked Caroselli to stay on as an adviser, and he agreed.

Melissa Honsinger, former chief operating officer, has been named the new CEO. Honsinger is a speech pathologist by clinical training and has been with the Elks Rehab System for 19 years, serving in various leadership roles.

Life Care Center gets executive director

Mike Crowley is the new leader at Life Care Center of Boise, a nursing and rehabilitation center.

Crowley comes from Emerald Hills in Seattle, where he served as administrator for two years. Previously, he was an administrator in training at two skilled-nursing and rehab centers in the Denver area. He entered the long-term care field after working in business and project management.

Crowley earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University. His wife, Amber, is from the Boise area. They have four children.

Life Care Center of Boise, at 808 N. Curtis Road, is one of nine centers in Idaho operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America, a Cleveland, Tenn., company with more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.

Senior-care business gets new owners

Mike and Geneva Powell are the owner-operators of The Home Instead Senior Care office in Boise, which was originally opened in 2009 by Elizabeth Britton. The office serves the Treasure Valley.

The business helps seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age by providing companionship and home helper services, as well as personal and Alzheimer’s care. The company employs nearly 40 trained, bonded and insured caregivers.

A U.S. Army veteran, Powell served more than 15 years in the Army National Guard and in the active Army flying UH-1 helicopters and C-12 airplanes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, Calif.

Before purchasing a Home Instead Senior Care franchise, Powell was the executive director of LIFT-UP, a nonprofit corporation in Rifle, Colo., that operates food banks, soup kitchens and thrift stores.

“My wife and I have thought about purchasing a Home Instead Senior Care franchise for the past several years,” Powell says.

“We wanted to stay in the Mountain West, so when the Boise franchise became available, we jumped at the opportunity. Our goal is to become the go-to service provider for families who want to help their seniors age safely in their own homes.”

Powell says the majority of seniors polled in recent industry surveys — typically 90 percent — say they want to remain in their homes as they age.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors wherever they call home: private or rental residences, assisted living facilities or care centers.

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