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Paul Arnell
Paul Arnell

Jones wins top honorfor Ada doctors

Jeralyn Jones, M.D., has been named Physician of the Year for 2013 by the Ada County Medical Society.

Jones was chosen by her peers based on professionalism, commitment to patients and advocacy for public health initiatives. She has been instrumental in establishing a psychiatry residency program in Idaho, the society says.

Jones decided that teaching family medicine residents to recognize and treat mental illness was essential to increasing access to mental health services in Idaho. In 2006, together with other community, state and University of Washington leaders, she helped form the Idaho track of the University of Washington Psychiatry Residency. Residents in the program spend their first two years of residency in Seattle, then move to Boise for their final two years. The program’s mission is to train resident psychiatrists to provide care to mentally ill populations and to become expert consultants to other medical specialists. They see patients at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise State University and the Boise Veterans Administration, St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus hospitals.

Jones is a faculty member of the family medicine and psychiatry departments of the University of Washington, where she won the Outstanding Psychiatry Faculty award for 2013.

The Ada County Medical Society represents and serves physicians.

Healthgrades honors West Valley

West Valley Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 best hospitals for prostate surgery. Healthgrades, an online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. It identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure.

West Valley Medical Center said it is the only hospital in Idaho to be recognized by Healthgrades for the following: five-star recipient for gall bladder-removal surgery three years in a row; five-star recipient for prostate-removal surgery two years in a row; and the prostate surgery excellence award, ranking West Valley among the top 5 percent in the nation.

Nielsen named top system pharmacist

Taylor Nielson, director of pharmacy at West Valley, has been selected as the Pharmacist of the Year by the Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award comes from nominations by peers across the state.

The society promotes high levels of pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems. It provides continuing education and support for pharmacists and technicians who work in nonretail settings.

Nielson served on the ISHP board of directors for six years, the past four years as legal and public affairs chairman. He worked with Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Mark Johnston to rewrite and reorganize the pharmacy laws and rules that apply to institutional practice. His biggest achievement on the board was securing a change in Idaho law requiring that the Board of Pharmacy include a health-system pharmacist.

Life Care Center names new director

Paul Arnell has joined Life Care Center of Valley View, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Boise, as executive director.

Arnell comes from the Meridian Center, where he was executive director. Before that, he was executive director at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley, also in Boise.

Arnell grew up around the long-term care environment — his mother was a charge nurse for the local nursing home — and went on to volunteer at a nursing home while he was in college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and health and a master’s degree in organizational management.

Valley View is one of nine homes in Idaho operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Terry Reilly gets joint accreditation

Terry Reilly Health Services has achieved Joint Commission accreditation that encompasses all Terry Reilly operations — medical, dental and behavioral health clinics, laboratory and Allumbaugh House. Accreditation also will include certification as a primary care medical home.

The Joint Commission is a health care accrediting nonprofit. Its accreditation process includes a review of operations by outside experts to validate and improve care, treatment and services.

Hoaglun takes job at Saint Alphonsus

Brad Hoaglun has been hired as director of communications and public relations at Saint Alphonsus Health System.

He will be responsible for the health system’s corporate, internal, external and digital communications. He will direct systemwide communication strategy and lead public relations activities that extend Saint Alphonsus’ brand and image. He will also be responsible for publications, e-news and other online communication and media relations.

Hoaglun previously served as director of communications for U.S. Sen. James E. Risch, a position he also held when Risch was Idaho’s governor in 2006. He also has served as chief of staff for former State Controller Donna Jones and as Idaho Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society. He serves on the Meridian City Council, where his term expires in December.

Hoaglun graduated from the College of Idaho with a degree in political science.