“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”

As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a last-ditch effort to avoid crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday he is mobilizing Idaho National Guard members to support health care facilities across the state.  In a press release Tuesday morning, Little said they have not yet implemented crisis standards of care, but statewide, hospitalsContinue reading “As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again”

Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If crisis standards of care are implemented in Idaho, anyone seeking medical care at a hospital could be affected, not just coronavirus patients.  Crisis standards of care are implemented in extreme circumstances in which there are more people in need of health care than there are resources available to helpContinue reading “Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients”

Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Kootenai Health has converted a classroom to a COVID-19 care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care. Kim Anderson, communications and marketing director for Kootenai Health, told Idaho Reports the hospital is on the cusp of asking the state to declare crisis standards of care for their region. WhenContinue reading “Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care”

Wages, housing, competition, burnout: Multiple issues contributing to Idaho hospital worker shortages during COVID surge

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports A perfect storm of circumstances is contributing to staffing shortages is hitting Idaho hospitals right now, and a widespread solution isn’t immediately clear. On Thursday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Board of Health heard an update on Idaho’s current COVID-19 wave, which IDHW officials fear will trigger statewideContinue reading “Wages, housing, competition, burnout: Multiple issues contributing to Idaho hospital worker shortages during COVID surge”

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”