Annual Charity Golf Tournament- Canceled

September Charity Golf Tournament CANCELED

September charity golf tournament CANCELED.

Due to the rising numbers of hospitalizations in our community as a result of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the charity golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 24, 2021. We will put our energy into partnering with local health care organizations to fight the battle before us in order to provide quality healthcare, now and in the months to come. If you wish to make a donation to the Dirne Foundation, Mary Ellen Scholarship Program, please contact Pam Houser at phouser@mtheritagehealth.org.

Back to school

Back-to-School Immunizations

We’ve heard a lot about the COVID-19 vaccine lately, but less attention has been paid to the broader vaccines children need to attend school.

Idaho’s School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations in order to prevent diseases like measles and whooping cough that spread quickly in group settings. Children need to be protected before they enter school, and generally need a booster shot before kindergarten. This handy chart from the State of Idaho offers guidance around which vaccines are needed and by when.

Children age 12 and older are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Generally, all vaccines offer full protection after two to four weeks, so plan in advance to vaccinate your children for this school year. If you have questions about vaccinating your child or want to make an appointment, set up an appointment by calling us at 208-620-5250.

To prevent COVID-19 and other diseases, including colds and the flu, children should be encouraged to wash their hands, practice good hygiene and cover all coughs and sneezes. If a child is sick, please keep them home and do not expose the school community.

 

Immunization Requirements by Grade

Heritage Health receives $40K donation from Delta Dental of Idaho

Heritage Health received a $40,000 donation from Delta Dental of Idaho to purchase new equipment for its clinic in Coeur d’Alene.
The donation allowed Heritage Health to replace aging and broken-down equipment and to help secure state-of-the-art technology, said Dr. Hatta Clark, lead dentist at Heritage Health.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” said Clark. “We will be able to see more patients and deliver a higher level of care. It truly is a wonderful situation for us.”
“As oral health affects overall health, we believe in the power of oral health to enrich lives,” said Greg Donaca, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Idaho. “Partnering with like-minded health organizations such as Heritage Health helps improve the health and strength of our communities. Delta Dental of Idaho is proud to be part of that community support and the improved oral health – and overall health – of all Idahoans.”
Heritage Health Dentist Devin Rourke played a key role in securing the donation from Delta Dental.
“I was having a conversation with them about our needs and challenges with equipment,” said Rourke. “They told me to come up with a “wish list” and I did. I was happily surprised they came through with the money to make it happen.”
Heritage Health purchased a laundry list of dental equipment, including a patient chair, an overhead light, and improved radiology equipment. The previous dental chair was nearly 20 years old and not functioning properly.
In addition, the dental department added four intraoral cameras that will give the dentist the ability to peer into patient’s mouths. Those images then can be displayed on a large computer monitor that the patient can see.
“It’s an educational tool that allows us to communicate better with our patients and other providers,” said Clark. “I am very excited to use them.”
New COO

Heritage Health welcomes new Chief Operations Officer

Eddie Larsen, COOHeritage 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.

J+J

Johnson+Johnson COVID-19 Vaccination Paused

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’s Vaccination Efforts

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 for Entry at Heritage Health

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.”

Mobile Clinic shutdown

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

Idaho Primary Care Deliver 3

Idaho’s Health Centers receive COVID-19 grant for Personal Protective Equipment

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/