Achievements in Idaho health

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

March 19, 2014 

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Daines joins West Idaho Orthopedics

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael T. Daines has joined West Idaho Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, an orthopedic treatment group with locations in Meridian and Caldwell.

He joins a team of doctors at West Idaho Orthopedics who provide a range of orthopedic procedures including hip and knee replacements and resurfacing, fracture care and hand surgery.

Dr. Daines specializes in shoulder surgery, including joint replacement, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and arthroscopic instability repair. He also offers operative and nonoperative treatment of sports injuries.

Dr. Daines' father, Dr. Joseph G. (Pete) Daines, and grandfather, Joseph G. Danes, were orthopedic surgeons in west Idaho for decades. Before moving to Idaho, Dr. Michael Daines practiced in Pueblo, Colo.

His training includes medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and a shoulder fellowship at Oxford University in England, funded by the Girdlestone Scholarship. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Caldwell hospital honored

West Valley Medical Center is the only hospital in Idaho named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

The hospital also achieved the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that performed at the highest level over the past year and showed the fastest long-term improvement over five years. In 2014, 14 organizations nationwide received the award.

"It is so gratifying to see this level of recognition for our physicians, staff and administrators," says Betsy Hunsicker, CEO at West Valley.

Truven Health Analytics says the 100 Top Hospitals study is based on independent, quantitative research that identifies the best facility-wide performance among nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals nationwide. The research includes data on patient outcomes and safety, national treatment standards (core measures), patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability.

"This year's 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.

The 150-bed West Valley Medical Center is listed in the Medium Community Hospitals category along with 19 other facilities across the country.

Assisting Angels receives two awards

Assisting Angels has received this year's distinguished "Provider of Choice" Award by Home Care Pulse, a quality-assurance firm for private-duty home care.

Ten percent of Assisting Angels' clients were polled by phone each month over 12 months by Home Care Pulse to rate the care they received. Feedback from clients and employees and quality benchmarks were considered.

"We take our clients' and employees' feedback very seriously and use this to improve our services and relationships," said Brenda Critell, president/CEO of Assisting Angels Home Care.

Assisting Angels also earned the "Best of Home Care" designation from Home Care Pulse in 2014.

Performance is evaluated based on factors such as staff training, communication, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems, likeliness to recommend, and overall quality care.

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