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Larry Gilley
Larry Gilley

Pesnell honored by nurse practitioners

Kelly Pesnell has been selected at the state’s 2014 nurse practitioner of the year by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Pesnell, a clinical assistant professor at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center since 2007, will be honored in June at the association’s national conference in Nashville, Tenn. She was selected for clinical excellence, leadership, scholarship and helping to develop Idaho’s only Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which began this fall at ISU.

A family nurse practitioner for 11 years, Pesnell practices at West Valley Rural Clinics in Parma.

As the clinic’s only bilingual nurse practitioner, she serves the region’s large Spanish-speaking population.

Pesnell holds a master’s degree in family nurse practice from ISU and a doctorate in nurse practice from the University of Alabama.

Nurse practitioners provide primary, acute and specialty health care to patients of all ages. They conduct patient assessments, make diagnoses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and manage treatment plans.

Saint Al’s honored

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers in Boise and Nampa were each named a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, an accreditor of health care organizations. Saint Alphonsus says the hospitals are the only Treasure Valley providers to receive all four of the Top Performer awards for 2012 in treatment of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

The ratings are based on an aggregation of data reported to the commission.

Saint Al’s praised for critical care

For a second consecutive year, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center has received five stars from Healthgrades for the quality of its critical care.

Healthgrades helps inform patients about physicians and hospitals. A five-star quality measurement indicates that Saint Alphonsus falls among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide in the category. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise is also the only certified Level II Trauma Center in the region.

St. Luke’s honored for cardio care

St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers were named a Top 50 program for cardiovascular care by Truven Health Analytics for the fourth consecutive year.

This is the eighth time St. Luke’s received the recognition. In previous years it was the Top 100, but for the last three years Truven Health chose to single out just 50 hospitals.

St. Luke’s is the only Idaho hospital to be named to this year’s list.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. The study is celebrating its 15th year and has been conducted annually since 1999.

West Valley honored

West Valley Medical Center was named among the 1,099 hospitals nationwide as a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission.

The hospital was recognized for its measurements in the categories of heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care. This was the second year this Treasure Valley hospital was designated as a top performer by the Joint Commission. The ratings are based on 2012 data.

Hillcrest Assisted Living hires Gilley

Larry Gilley has joined as executive director.

Gilley has 15 years of experience in health care and business training and education, including nine years with assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing homes. He most recently worked as the director of client services with Intermountain Legal Group in Meridian. Before that, he served as system manager of patient access with St. Luke’s Health Systems in Boise.

Gilley earned a bachelor of science degree in health care administration from Northeastern State University and a master of business administration from Utah State University. He also has served as an online health care instructor with the University of Phoenix since 2005.

Hillcrest Assisted Living provides assisted living care to seniors as well as an activities program.

West Valley named best place to work

West Valley was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of 100 Best Places to Work in Health Care, the only hospital in Idaho to achieve this designation. The hospital is ranked 56th in the list of medium-size companies and 90th overall. This award recognizes employers who empower employees to perform at their optimum level.

MSTI honored

St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute won a national Association of Community Cancer Centers' 2013 Innovator Award for improving cancer genetic counseling.

In recognition of the importance of genetic testing and risk assessment in clinical care, many accreditation bodies, including the Commission on Cancer, are including the provision of genetic risk assessment in their standards.

MSTI addressed two barriers — access to qualified genetic specialists and patient identification — through a two-pronged approach of telehealth and weekly chart reviews. St. Luke’s says the result is improved convenience and access, cost savings and improved quality of care.

Established in 2011, the Innovator Awards are sponsored by GE Healthcare to honor cancer programs.