As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports, and Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun In late August, 2-year-old Charlotte McCabe started vomiting in the middle of the night.  Her parents, Megan and Cliff McCabe, initially thought she had a stomach bug. When she began acting listless, they brought her to an urgent care center, where a provider recommendedContinue reading “As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense”

“These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.”

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly Idaho Department of Health and Welfare media briefing on Tuesday, IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen and Dr. Jim Souza, chief physician executive of St. Luke’s Health System, shared some insight into the onslaught of COVID patients that prompted the department to activate crisis standards of care last week:Continue reading ““These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.””

Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the allocation of another $10 million to provide relief from the growing strain on hospitals and health care workers. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and coronavirus patients continue to flood hospitals. Crisis care standards are implemented when there areContinue reading “Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief”

Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s two largest hospital systems have paused a requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. “While we remain committed to our vaccine requirement policy, we are pausing the requirement for our Idaho colleagues only while crisis standards of care are activated,” said Mark Snider, communications director for Saint Alphonsus. TheContinue reading “Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines”

Families struggle to find local care as Idaho hospitals hit crisis

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Monday, Diana Rowe took her 82-year-old father, James, to the emergency room at North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding. He was dehydrated and weak, and a home health provider told Rowe to take him to the hospital right away. When they arrived, the hospital was “jam-packed,” Rowe told IdahoContinue reading “Families struggle to find local care as Idaho hospitals hit crisis”

Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In a Thursday media call, Treasure Valley hospital leaders warned that healthcare delivery will continue to suffer as hospitals are inundated with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. The message was similar to what healthcare professionals across the state have said since mid-August: Idaho is veering dangerously close to crisis standards of care.Continue reading “Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced”

Kootenai Health nearly at capacity as COVID admissions increase

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene is nearly at capacity and is no longer able to accept transfers from smaller regional hospitals, as COVID-19 admissions continue to rise. According to a Wednesday press release, COVID hospitalizations and ICU admissions have roughly tripled since July 28. “This past winter, it took aContinue reading “Kootenai Health nearly at capacity as COVID admissions increase”

St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s latest COVID-19 surge, which has prompted some hospitals to delay certain non-emergency procedures because of staffing shortages, comes as a September deadline approaches for employees of St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus, and Primary Health to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.  During a media call on Thursday, St. Luke’sContinue reading “St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch”

Some Idaho hospitals delay non-emergency procedures as hospitalizations, ICU admissions rise

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions are climbing statewide, two of the state’s largest hospitals, St. Luke’s Health System in southern Idaho and Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, have announced they are once again halting certain non-emergency procedures because of the recent increase in COVID-19 patients.  On Wednesday, theContinue reading “Some Idaho hospitals delay non-emergency procedures as hospitalizations, ICU admissions rise”

Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits?  It depends, but it will likely be an uphillContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”