After several discussions, Teton County has not made a decision on how to provide ambulance service to the county. Though the original problem that kicked off the county’s possible restructuring of emergency medical services may have been solved, the debate continues.More
Driggs Health Clinic has expanded its clinic space with the addition of 6 new exam rooms, a shared physicians’ office and renovated echo-cardiology stress testing room. The new area is located inside the east entrance of Teton Valley Hospital, replacing a physical therapy rehabilitation space that was relocated closer to in-patient rooms. The expansion was needed to accommodate growing clientele for specialty services such as cardiology, neurology, and pain management.
Cardiologists Dr. Patrick Gorman, Dr. Blake Wachter and Dr. Douglas Blank travel from their practices in Idaho Falls to hold regularly scheduled clinic hours in the new space. Neurologist Dr. Brad Talcott, also from Idaho Falls, has added dates to his local schedule in response to patients’ requests. Dr. Marc Porot offers a minimum of 5 days per month to visit with patients about pain management. Echo-cardio technicians from University of Utah Hospital and from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center provide rotating appointment dates.
“We anticipate adding more specialties in the near future in direct response to patient requests and our community’s level of need,” says Keith Gnagey, CEO for Teton Valley Health Care.
“Teton Valley is fairly isolated and it can be especially hard to drive out of town during the winter. I would rather have one doctor make the trip from Idaho Falls than have 20 local residents make the trip.”
Teton Valley Health Care is entering phase two of a project to update and refresh the appearance of the facility. Phase One started with the refurbishing of the Driggs Health Clinic reception area followed by a total makeover of the Medical Imaging suite that included a new digital X-ray and fluoroscopy unit. In spring, the Aesthetics exam area was completed and now, after three months of construction, the specialty clinic has opened. Phase Two will bring about completion of hospital patient room updates, hospital hallway re-flooring and renovation of the laboratory clinical area.
“I avoid giving timelines for projects such as these because facility improvements depend largely on the financial health of our organization. TVHC doesn’t own the hospital bricks and mortar, the County retains ownership of the building. It’s our responsibility to maintain and improve the property for our community and that’s one reason for setting these renovation goals,” said Gnagey.
The Teton Valley Hospital Foundation provided $75,000 in funding for this project.
TVHC invites everyone to come and visit the new specialty clinic during a Community Open House scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. Appetizers will be served along with a chance to win raffle prizes including $50 gift cards to Peaked Sports or The Wardrobe Company. Please contact Ann Loyola at (208) 354-6301 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. As always, full hospital tours are available throughout the week.More
A new type of vending machine has been installed in the public entry way of Teton Valley Hospital. It doesn’t contain the usual fare of candy and soda pop. Instead, people can push the buttons to get Infant Tylenol, oxygen tank nasal cannulas, over-the-counter allergy pills and much more.
After tallying between 10 to 15 requests per month for urgent (but non-emergency) medications and supplies every month, the nursing staff at Teton Valley Hospital recognized a community need for a 24/7 dispenser. The Community Foundation of Teton Valley agreed and contributed a grant award of $2,500 toward the purchase of the $4,300 unit. Teton Valley Hospital Foundation kicked in an additional $1,500 with Teton Valley Hospital paying for inventory and installation.
One local mother shared the story of her one-year old awakening at 2 a.m. with an ear infection. After discovering that she didn’t have any infant pain relievers, she ended up driving to a friend’s home to get the medication. Other people have stories that include night-time drives to pick up diapers, stretch bandages, teething medications, and wound dressings from friends and neighbors.
“Our current selection is based on what people seem to ask for the most, usually in the middle of the night. By law, our nursing and medical staff aren’t permitted to give over-the-counter supplies, yet we want to help people avoid checking into the ER for a condition that’s relatively simple to fix,” says Angela Booker, TVHC chief nursing officer.
Inventory items include:
- Oxygen tank tubing
- Children’s diapers
- Contact lens rinse
- Adult incontinence pads
- A selection of pain relievers
More items will be added or replaced based on demand. The machine accepts cash and credit cards.
“It can be frustrating to realize that a vital item is missing from your medicine cabinet, especially at a time when all of the stores are closed,” said Booker.
We appreciate the financial support from the Community Foundation of Teton Valley and our hospital foundation. People have already made purchases from our machine and have given us good feedback.
If you have a suggestion for a vending machine item, send an email to Teton Valley Health Care at email@example.com.More