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.”
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/