February 2016 Employee of the Month

Alisa-Yount-February-EOMBoundary Community Hospital congratulates the February Employee of the Month Alisa Yount, Pharmacy Technician. According to Jed Bateman, Pharm-D, “If you could describe what the ideal co-worker would be, you would likely describe somebody just like Alisa. She is hard working, dependable, and does an excellent quality of work, always looking out for the interests of both patient and hospital. She is self-motivated and very thorough. She has brought a positive change to the work, even on those days when it would be easy not to.

Her inquisitive nature constantly drives her to find a better way to do things, or continue searching for an answer when others have given up. She is also a very caring and loyal co-worker, always trying to help those around her have a better day.”

Annual Pie Sale a Success

Thank you to everyone who donated or purchased pies to the famous Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale on Thursday, February 11. Ninety-six pies were donated and we raised over $1,500. A special thanks to the Eagles 3522 Ladies Auxiliary and the Fry Healthcare Foundation for their generous donation of time and pies.

Over the past year, monies raised through the annual pie sale event and other fund raising by the Hospital Auxiliary have been used to purchase televisions for the Acute Care and Extended Care rooms, a Pulse Oximeter for the Emergency Room, a Table and Chair Cart for Maintenance, Aspirators for Extended Care, a freezer for the Laboratory and variable height desks for the Medical Records Department.

The Hospital Auxiliary, started in 1953 originally to assist at the Hospital, is seeking new active members to join the group. If you are interested, please come to the next meeting on March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Chic-N-Chop. Women and men are welcome.

Behind the Scenes – February 2016

Nutrition Services

Dessert Cart prepared especially for our residents. Yummmm!

Dessert Cart prepared especially for our residents. Yummmm!

Sponsor of “Wear Red Day” at the Hospital on February 5th, is the Nutrition Services Team who are planning a special lunch in the cafeteria as well as Heart Healthy treats for employees who wear Red.

At Boundary Community Hospital we know our residents. Each of us expects to eat foods we like in our own homes; our residents and patients deserve the same. The Nutritional Services Department provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and an array of daytime and bedtime snacks to our residents in the nursing home and patients in the hospital. We also cater barbeques in the summer, full buffets on holidays, resident birthdays and other special event meals all year long. In addition, a cafeteria lunch service is available for staff, guests and families during the week. “Home Cooking” is emphasized including fresh baked rolls and desserts.

About Nutrition Services

The Health Care Team at Boundary Community Hospital Food and Nutrition Services Department consists of a Registered Dietitian, a Dietetic Technician, Certified Food Safety Cook, and Certified Food Handling Aides who provide nutritional support to residents, patients and community members. Our Dietitian provides outpatient nutritional counseling and sponsors a local diabetic education support group which meets monthly in conjunction with the Panhandle Health District.

Food safety is no accident and it is of paramount importance to this facility. All employees conform to the best sanitation practices in the food service industry to ensure the safety of the food served to our clients.

At Boundary Community Hospital we identify possible hazards that either exist now or could develop, and implement procedures to control or eliminate them. To that end, we have the Hazards Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system. The HACCP is a proactive food safety system that works to prevent food contamination, and monitors all aspects of the flow of food in our facility.
Boundary Community Hospital consistently earns superior ratings from state and federal inspectors.

Boundary Community Hospital salutes the Nutrition Services Team and thanks the Department for its excellent service, attention to detail and nutritional care it takes of the residents, patients, employees and visitors.

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The Famous Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale

Pie SaleThe famous Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale will be Thursday, February 11 this year, and is in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street. You may purchase a whole pie or by the slice. The coffee pot will be on, ready to serve.

There will be sugar-free pies and gluten-free pies, as well as all of your favorites like Lemon Meringue, cream and custard, a variety of fruit, and even Huckleberry pies. It’s a good idea to come early, as you all know, the proverbial early bird gets the—well, in this case, gets to choose from the widest selection of choice pies. The Pie Sale begins at 9 a.m. and continues until all pies are gone, usually around 2 p.m.

The Hospital Auxiliary has priced the pies very reasonably. All funds raised go to support the local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital. The Hospital Auxiliary appreciates your donation of pies! Many community members bring in pies.

Come and participate, in both the bringing of pies, and the eating of pies. Call Richelle Rode, Boundary Community Hospital, for more information, (208) 267-4851.


CPM Machine Gifted to Hospital Rehab Services

The Fry Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce that they were able to raise the funds required to purchase the Kinetec Centura Anatomical Shoulder and Elbow Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) machine for Boundary Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services. The money for the CPM Machine was pledged during the Fund-An-Item portion of the Festival of Trees Gala. “The support and generosity of the community for the Fry Healthcare Foundation directly impacts the high quality of care provided by Boundary Community Hospital,” according to Fry Healthcare President, Carol Julian. “Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Festival of Trees such a success and giving us the opportunity to gift the hospital with this necessary piece of equipment.”

The CPM Machine provides post-operative passive range of motion rehabilitation which prevents joint stiffness, edema, soft tissue contractures and muscle atrophy. The color-coded patient set-up is anatomical, comfortable and easy; hand programmable and interchangeable for right and left use. With an estimated 25% of the Hospital’s outpatients presenting with shoulder issues, this passive range of motion machine will be a significant addition to the Rehabilitation Department.

Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Petra Timmermans, PT explains:
“In the early days of orthopedic surgery, rest and immobilization were often prescribed as the most important part of the initial healing process. Over time, ongoing research however has shown that for joints, ligaments and muscles to heal optimally, the earlier movement can be re-introduced, the better.

Early movement helps with pain control, decreases swelling, and increases the blood flow to the area, which helps with healing. The so-called “synovial fluid”, a fluid that is present inside joints and lubricates them, depends on joint movement for its production to be triggered. Surrounding soft tissue – ligaments, tendons and muscles – benefit from early gentle stretching to prevent cramping and tightening.

Those who have had a knee replacement may be familiar with a CPM machine for the knee: these simpler units are often prescribed as a home unit for the first few weeks after surgery, and provide passive, gentle, slow bending and straightening of the knee within prescribed limits. This has proven to be very effective for the early part of the rehabilitation and helps with pain control as well as regaining knee movement early on. In addition, these patients are able to start walking and actively using their muscles from day one after surgery.

At the Boundary Community Hospital Rehab Department, we also see many patients after shoulder injury or surgery. They are an estimated 25% of our caseload and we see more patients after shoulder surgery than hip and knee combined. Compared to the hip and knee, the shoulder is a very flexible joint with an immense range of movement. This allows us to do activities such as playing golf or tennis or reaching behind our back. The downside is that the shoulder is much more susceptible to injury and overuse. Because there are so many more small muscles and tendons surrounding and stabilizing the shoulder, injury or surgery often needs to be followed by a period of protection of the tissues that were damaged, to prevent further damage or tearing. One of the most common surgeries in this category is the rotator cuff repair. Though the principles and benefits of early mobilization are still true, it is at the same time crucial that the vulnerable tendons first re-attach properly before they can absorb any strain. These patients have their arm in an immobilizer and are not allowed to use their own muscles to move their arm, typically for six weeks. The only movement allowed is passive movement, performed by the therapist, two to three times per week for six weeks. Imagine how beneficial it will be to have a CPM machine that can guide the shoulder joint through all its movements, and provide slow, gentle motion on a consistent and predictable basis. Because the patient does not need to move their own muscles, this machine can be used immediately. Thanks to the Fry Healthcare Foundation and the Festival of Trees, this now has become a reality for our Rehab Department and we are extremely excited to have this state-of-the-art piece of equipment available to us.”

Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament Draws Talent and Smiles

Big smiles and good times characterized the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament on June 12, 2015.

Fifty-four players, one moose calf, and several families of geese worked their way around 18-holes of golf at Mirror Lake Golf Course. The funds raised at the Golf Tournament will go towards the purchase of a portable ultrasound for the emergency room at Boundary Community Hospital.

Sponsors for the Golf Tournament are Rick and Janice Lozoya, Kootenai Health, Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, Idaho Forest Group, Gardiner Prime Angus Beef, Potlatch Credit Union, Pace-Kerby & Co. Inc., Columbia Bank, Kootenai River Inn, and Riverside Auto Center.

Community Title Company, Harvest Foods, Edward Jones, Safeway, Auburn Crest Hospice, Festival of Sandpoint, Sugar Plum Floral, Boardwalk Boutique, Picturesque, StoneRidge Golf Community, Twin Lakes Village, Silverwood Theme Park, Larson’s Clothing, and Henry-Griffitts donated prizes, cash, and items.

A hole-in-one at hole #8 ensured the winning of a Yamaha Side by Side, 4-Wheeler valued at $14,000 donated by Boundary Tractor Co. One drive by Boundary Community Hospital Administrator, Craig Johnson came close, but, unfortunately, nobody made the winning hole-in-one.

Tournament Winners are Travis Hinthorn and Steve Nelson, First Flight, Dick and Mike Villeli, Second Flight; and Linda Hiatt and Karen English, Third Flight.

The Golf Ball Drop, with a total of 375 balls purchased, was a crowd-pleaser. LifeFlight Network, a medical transport company, donated a Visio 55-inch Smart TV as the prize for the golf ball that rolled into, or came closest to, hole #9. Lana Hersinger is this year’s lucky winner.

Fry Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c )3 with an elected Board of Directors whose purpose is to raise funds for equipment for the local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital. The benefits to the community are huge as new state-of-the art medical equipment and enhancements to the hospital campus continue to be funded. Over one-million dollars has been raised in its 20-year history. Donations are always accepted and always well-spent.

Plan now to participate in next year’s Golf Tournament on Friday, June 10, 2016. The Tournament is open to all. For more information about Fry Healthcare Foundation call (208) 267-6912.

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Humac Balance System


Over $1450 was raised at the Hospital Auxiliary Pie Sale in February as, once again, the community supported and enjoyed this traditional annual event. The Hospital Auxiliary members expressed a deep thank-you to the community for their support. The funds raised will go to purchase equipment for the local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital.

Equipment purchased last year by the Hospital Auxiliary for Boundary Community Hospital included new furniture for the emergency room lobby, a laminator for office use, two fish tank filters for the fish tank in the Outpatient Clinic, and a Humac Balance System.

The Humac Balance System is a fun way to do serious work in the Rehabilitation Department. The rehabilitation patient is seemingly playing games as he maneuvers the skiing figure on the screen over bumps and through gates in a downhill rush over hard-packed snow. Soon the patient merges with the online figure and begins veering from side to side, now and then barely escaping a crash into the plastic fence lining the snow-covered downhill course, as he picks up speed racing for the finish line.

All the while, the system is assessing balance and producing objective measurements by tracking the needed information that determines the patient’s level of functional limitation. Measurements can be made of the amount of weight a patient puts on their partial weight-bearing leg for those recovering from fractures and some types of hip replacements.

The balance system also has a concussion protocol for testing the baseline and post-injury assessment after a head injury. It is also measuring limits of stability and the center of pressure.

Patients that benefit from this fun, high-tech equipment are patients with knee and hip injuries or surgery; back and neck problems; neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and stroke; and post-cancer treatments. Patients with vertigo or other balance disorders, and the elderly with increased fall risk also benefit from the games on the balance system.

Being able to obtain objective data when assessing balance deficits is a great gift to the community.

“It was a pleasure to see the reaction of the Hospital Auxiliary members when they made a visit to the Rehabilitation Department at the hospital to see this remarkable piece of equipment they purchased, “ says hospital spokesperson Marcia Morman. “Their eyes were sparkling when they witnessed first-hand the benefit of their hard work and contribution to the community. Petra Timmermans, head of the Rehabilitation Department, did a good job of demonstrating the equipment by having several of the members take a turn on the balance system trying out one of the interactive games.”

Arm Bicycle

Arm BicycleCome and ride the bicycle—the arm bicycle that is.

Much like the bicycle you grew up with powered by legs, the arm bicycle spins by placing your hands on the pedals and pushing forward and downward. Fortunately, the pedals are located high on the bike in a comfortable position. It’s a great upper body aerobic work and exercise for the arms.

But, who needs to exercise their arms? As it turns out, quite a few people do.

Petra Timmermans, head of the Rehabilitation Department at Boundary Community Hospital, says that all shoulder patients, all neck patients, all cardiac patients and about 50% of patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinsons and stroke benefit from the arm bike. It provides an upper extremity work-out as well as strengthens and helps increase the range of motion of the arms.
Idaho Community Foundation and the Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund provided funds in the amount of $1,090.00 for the purchase of a new arm bicycle for Boundary Community Hospital.

The new arm bike gives feedback of measurable data: it displays time, pedal revolutions per minute, calories, distance and the patients’ pulse.

The bike is a boon for wheelchair patients. It is adjustable in height allowing for the proper fitting of wheelchairs in the riding space.
No wonder it is a popular piece of equipment in the rehabilitation department. Physical therapy and occupational therapy both use it. The arm bike, along with the treadmill, the stationary bike, and the Nu-Step, makes the top-four list of the hospital’s pieces of most used equipment.

Fry Healthcare Foundation Purchases Infusion Chair

chairThe Infusion chair was chosen as the Fund-an-Item this year because it will add a great deal of comfort for patients requiring an infusion. Instead of lying in a hospital bed for extended periods of time as the infusion takes place, a patient can comfortably sit-up during the entire procedure.

Listen for the Fund-an-Item time to be announced in the middle of the Live Auction. This is a chance for everyone to participate with a contribution towards the purchase of the Infusion Chair. Levels of giving start at around $1500 and then go down to $25.00. When the number is called that is affordable to you, then raise your bid number which is on the back of the program. When checking out, your amount will be included on your check-out ticket.

The Infusion Chair has many advantages to both the patient and the medical staff.

It rises about eight inches with the touch of one button on the hand control significantly reducing staff occupational injury while tending to patients or performing procedures. The lower position provides easy access for wheelchair patients and transfers.

The hand control for patient positioning allows care givers to safely recline and raise patients without strain. It reduces staff assistance and increases efficiency by allowing patients to easily select positions most comfortable for them.

The foam in the chair is polyurethane-based and is called viscoelastic foam. It molds itself to the shape of the body providing additional comfort for patients having to sit for long periods.

The chair also comes complete with attaching head pillow and IV Pole. The detachable footrest and headrest can be adjusted according to the height of each patient. The arms move with the backrest staying parallel with the ground for optimal positioning.

The up/down movement of the chair uses a special bearing system that does not cause any position change.

The back of the chair is equipped with grips for easy positioning and a central brake allows for stabilizing the chair and locking all four casters.

This Fund-an-Item choice will be a good addition to our hospital.

Breast Cancer Awareness, Early Detection Day

Mayor’s Proclamation
Recognizing October 23, 2014
As Breast Cancer Awareness, Early Detection Day

Mayoral Proclamation Group

Whereas, the sad fact is that one out of eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime; and

Whereas, early detection of breast cancer is one of the major factors in defeating cancer; and

Whereas, when breast cancer is detected early there is a marked increase in the chance of treating it successfully; and

Whereas, mammograms can sometimes detect a cancer two years earlier than physical exams; and

Whereas, we encourage women in our community to have this extremely important test performed;

Now, therefore, in recognition of breast cancer awareness, I, David K. Anderson, Mayor of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, do hereby proclaim October 23, 2014 to be “Breast Cancer Awareness, Early Detection Day” in Bonners Ferry and urge all citizens to show support.