Jun. 22, 2016

Idaho #4 Best State to Practice Medicine

Idaho offers an extremely low cost of living, average physician compensation ($289,000 last year), low malpractice payouts (just $5.17 per capita in 2015), and a middling overall tax burden of 9.3%. The three cities of Boise, Meridian, and Nampa, spreading east to west over about 30 miles, constitute the "Treasure Valley," Idaho's largest urban area. Dr Brian Crownover, 48, a family practice physician in private practice, moved to Boise several years ago after retiring from a 28-year career in the US Air Force to be near his parents. Although he grew up in the San Diego area and went to medical school in Washington, DC, Dr Crownover says he prefers "the open, spread-out" Western lifestyle. Dr Crownover, who lives in Boise, opened his own practice in nearby Meridian. "I have the flexibility to give new patients an hour-long visit and 30-minute follow-ups; for me, that is professionally satisfying. I get to practice to the full scope of my training, and I get to chart my own course." 

City profile: Ringed by miles of trails, bifurcated by the Boise River, and close to world-class ski resorts, Boise is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Forbes calls it one of the top-20 cities for working parents, and WalletHub ranked it 11th on its 2016 "Best Cites to Find a Job" list.

Apr. 8, 2015

St. Luke’s Named Top 10 Percent in Nation for Patient Experience

by St. Luke's Health System News

St. Luke's Health System hospitals in Boise and Twins Falls have recieved the Heathgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Performance at both St. Luke's facilities places the organization among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. St. Luke's Boise is located downtown and serves much of the Boise Valley with a broad range of health and wellness services. 

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May. 21, 2015

St. Luke’s Recognized as One of 50 Great Health Systems to Know in 2015

St. Luke's Health System was named one of '50 Great Health Systems to Know' in 2015 by Becker's Hospital Review. Systems that were chosen have several awards for clinical and general excellence. Additionally, healthcare leaders were queried on what systems stood out in terms of overall excellence.

This year, St. Lukes has been nationally recognized for excellence across a number of areas including Heathgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and Truven Health Analytics Top 15 Health Systems in 2015 and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2015. 

Apr. 8, 2016

St. Luke’s Recognized by Healthgrades for Providing Outstanding Patient Experience

by Chereen Langrill, St. Luke's

"Today is one of those frequent opportunities to be proud of, amazed at and grateful for the inspired people of St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s has been recognized, for the third consecutive year in a row, as one of Healthgrades’ very few Outstanding Patient Experience recipients for 2016. This acknowledgement of our Boise and Meridian locations and team members is validation from a nationally recognized organization focused on quality and outcomes, and Healthgrades this year also called out our McCall location for first-time Outstanding Patient Experience honors." - Dr. David C. Pate

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Jan. 28, 2016

St. Luke’s Receives 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award

by Admin

St. Luke's Receives National Recognition from Healthgrades.com

Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are hospitals rated in the top 5% in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across at least 21 of 32 common conditions and procedures. Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence Award have, on average, a lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the designation. 

What differentiates these hospitals from the rest is while many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes for some conditions and procedures, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive and consistent quality across a range of conditions and procedures.

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