Heritage Health has hired Eddie Larsen to be its new Chief Operations Officer, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization. Larsen previously worked as a Chief Operating Officer for Aviva Health in Roseburg, Ore. He also has experience working in information technology for health care organizations. “I am looking forward to getting to know everyone,” said Larsen. “I have appreciated the warm and kind welcome.”
Eddie says he believes in balancing work with fun and laughter. “I don’t want work to be a four-letter word,” he said. “I believe in empowering people. I am not a micromanager. I want to help people grow to be the next generation of leaders at Heritage Health.” He said collaboration and teamwork are core principles and that he looks forward to “contributing” to making Heritage Health a stronger organization. Larsen is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from William Howard Taft University. He earned a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Eddie has a 16-year-old daughter, and he loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, and reading.
The Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccination has been paused for distribution and administration. This is due to an abundance of caution as 6 cases of rare blood clots have been reported. So far, over 7 million doses have been administered nationwide, making this a rare event. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be meeting today and this week to evaluate these cases and ensure the vaccine continues to be safe.
Heritage Health has not received or administered the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in its operations in Kootenai County or Shoshone County. Patients and community members who have received COVID vaccination with Heritage Health have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination thus far.
If you have received any COVID vaccination and feel you have had an adverse reaction, contact your Primary Care Provider or the vaccine provider at any time after vaccination.
Peter Purrington, MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM
Chief Clinical Officer
Heritage Health is offering the coronavirus vaccine to our patients who are 65 years and over at our clinics in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Kellogg. The Kellogg clinic is offering drive-through vaccinations. Call (208) 620-5250 to get on the vaccine waiting list.
Masks Required at Heritage Health
Heritage Health is requiring its patients to wear a mask or a face covering to their medical, dental, Family Support Services, and Restored Paths appointments.
This new requirement is to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, following an influx of new cases across the region, said Dr. Peter Purrington, Heritage Health’s Chief Clinical Officer. “The surge of COVID-19 cases here has prompted this step,” said Dr. Purrington. “If a person doesn’t feel comfortable wearing a mask or they’re not able to wear a mask, we have telehealth appointments available for them.”
Telehealth allows a patient to receive care via the phone, handheld device, or personal computer. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The Centers for Disease Control recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The most important part about wearing a mask or a face covering is to cover the nose and mouth, and there is no need for extra filtration either.
All Heritage Health employees are wearing masks and exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each appointment. “We’re taking every step to protect the community,” said Purrington. “Together, we will get through this public health crisis.”
Heritage Health’s mobile clinic is being temporarily shut down due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Kootenai County.
The mobile clinic serves the county’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations. Patients can still be seen at Heritage Health’s Street Medicine building at 109 E. Harrison Ave. in Coeur d’Alene or they can be seen via a telehealth appointment by calling (208) 208-292-0303
Funds will supply health centers, including Heritage Health, with personal protective equipment for frontline staff
An important truckload of personal protective equipment arrived at Heritage Health Wednesday afternoon.
The special delivery was made possible by the Idaho Primary Care Association thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Cambia Health Foundation.
“We are grateful to the Cambia Health Foundation and the Idaho Primary Care Association for this lifesaving gift,” said Mike Baker, Heritage Health CEO. “Unfortunately, the battle against COVID-19 isn’t over yet and this personal protective equipment is in short supply across the country.”
Cambia Health Foundation awarded the grant for $200,000 to the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) as part of the Community Health Center Crisis Response and Recovery Initiative. IPCA received a donation of 20,000 medical gloves and 120 N95 masks from the Idaho Chinese Organization (ICO) and 100,000 surgical masks.
The IPCA, the association group for Idaho’s health centers, will support all 14 health centers in 52 communities across the state by delivering the PPE provided by Cambia Health Foundation. The grant facilitation from the IPCA will help meet the immediate recovery needs of those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Community health centers have a vital role in the fight against COVID-19,” said Yvonne Ketchum-Ward, CEO of the Idaho Primary Care Association. “Health Centers serve 1 out of 9 Idahoans, both in the rural and urban centers of the state. The funding to the health centers will protect caregivers and their patients as they reach out to populations who may otherwise go without care.”
The IPCA will be delivering the PPE to all Idaho’s health center sites to raise awareness of the role health centers have in the fight against COVID- 19 and the importance of protecting the health center frontline staff.
“Community Health Centers accept all patients; they always have and always will,” said Ketchum-Ward. “They have a long-standing history of creating social and physical environments that promote good health for everyone. By protecting our health center heroes during this time, we can support their mission of keeping Idaho’s communities safe.”
To learn more about the PPE delivery that will take place across Idaho visit www.healthcenterheroes.com.
The Cambia Health Foundation’s $200,000 award to Idaho’s Health Centers is part of a larger $3 million investment to meet critical and emerging needs fueled by COVID-19. Building on an existing commitment of $300,000 into shared COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds, the Foundation’s recent grants will infuse capital into four community health associations that support the work of Community Health Centers across ID, OR, UT and WA. The new funding also supports the development of tools and resources for health care providers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) has been the leading state advocate for community-based healthcare programs since 1982. The association plays a vital role in educating federal and state policymakers about issues relating to healthcare and the role of community health centers. IPCA provides training and technical assistance to Idaho’s health centers in the areas of health center operations, quality improvement, outreach and enrollment, workforce development, and network management. http://www.idahopca.org/
Community Breakfast UPDATE
Due to concerns with the coronavirus COVID-19, our organization has postponed our upcoming beeBOLD Community Breakfast event. This information will continue to be updated. If you have already RSVP'd, we will be in contact providing updates.
Heritage Health exists for the sole purpose of delivering a healthcare experience that provides hope, inspires change and extend the lives of our patients and our community.
Our focus for 2020 is “beeBOLD” in everything you do. Please join us for our annual update, where we will share our impact on our community, what our goals are for the future and how you can be a part of it all.
Heritage Health is now offering telehealth for its medical, behavioral health and psychiatric patients in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This new option will allow Heritage Health’s 30,000 patients to address medical problems, both ongoing and new, says Heritage Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Purrington.
“This gives health care providers a vital tool to help our patients,” says Purrington. “It will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and lessen the burden on our community’s health care systems. Patients concerned about having the coronavirus could speak with their doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner virtually to learn about testing and what they should do next.”
Using telehealth, patients can consult with a medical professional via phone and/or computer.
Telehealth also gives patients with ongoing issues a mechanism to see their provider from the comfort of their own home. For example, a patient with diabetes wouldn’t have to postpone a regular follow-up visit with their provider. The patient could communicate with their provider via the phone or with many video platforms, such as Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp.
Medicare officials said on Tuesday that it will expand coverage for telemedicine across the country to help seniors with health problems stay at home to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
Previously, Medicare patients were limited in their coverage when they used telehealth and would previously only receive coverage for routine services in certain circumstances, such as if they lived in a remote location. But the federal government said that Medicare would temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services to its patients including mental health counseling, common office visits, and preventative health screenings.
Patients using telehealth are normally required to fill out waivers before accessing telehealth, but those waivers can be done verbally and documented during your telehealth visit.
“Your medical information will continue to be confidential,” said Purrington. “We want our patients and families to be confident that they can use telehealth as a trusted resource to communicate with their medical or behavioral health provider.”