Mar. 31, 2016

West Valley Medical Center Constantly Evolves

Along with the nurses, doctors and patients, there seems to be another constant presence at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell — construction crews. The 150-bed hospital has been continually expanding and remodeling its facility in recent years in an effort to serve the needs of the community and bring new services that weren’t previously offered in the area. “It’s really about keeping Caldwell patients in Caldwell,” said chief operating officer Jennifer Opsut.

When patients come to West Valley, the goal is for them to be treated at West Valley and not have to be transferred elsewhere. Opsut said the hospital is always looking at its service lines to determine what is needed. It looks at the cases coming through the emergency room and the number of patients who are being transferred out. “We monitor those really closely to look at community need,” she said.

The hospital recently invested $3 million in a new electrophysiology catheterization lab to offer a service that previously required patients to go to another hospital. Cardiovascular care was one of the areas where patients had to be transferred out. “This was done to bring advanced cardiac services to Caldwell for our community members, which we couldn’t do in the past,” Opsut said.

May. 5, 2017

Pre-Accreditation Granted to Idaho’s First Medical School

by Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has awarded the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) its pre-accreditation status. This is the school’s most recent step in preparation to open its doors in August of 2018.

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Jun. 20, 2016

A Word with Odette Bolano, President of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Odette Bolano was hired Dec. 21 as president of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Bolano started her career as a nurse with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, but she said she always knew she would strive to go into health administration and leadership. She earned a master’s in health services administration from the University of Houston and worked at Ascension Health, as president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System, and as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., before accepting the Saint Alphonsus position last fall.

At the not-for-profit Saint Alphonsus, Bolano oversees a Catholic hospital licensed for 384 beds. Saint Alphonsus is part of Trinity Health in Livonia,  Mich., a company that operates 92 hospitals and 120 continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states.

Feb. 4, 2016

Saint Alphonsus Donation Brings Cutting-Edge Technology to CWI

by College of Western Idaho

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise has donated a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to the College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Surgical Technology program. The system allows surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures through the use of an interactive robot with instrument arms, and 3D HD cameras that provide a magnified view from inside the body. The da Vinci Surgical System, which was used at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for the past decade, will now be used to teach students in CWI’s Surgical Technology program.

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Feb. 25, 2016

Idaho State University Affiliates with New Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

by State of Idaho

With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced a new public-private partnership today to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center. 

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