Celebrating the Remarkable Journey of Colonel (Dr) Willis!

2022 Cornhole Tournament – Sponsor

Festival of Hearts 2022 & Dessert Dash

Festival of Hearts 2022 & Dessert Dash

The Fry Healthcare Foundation is working hard to support Boundary Community Hospital despite the obstacles thrown our way. We are all very eager to see our community in person at our annual gala. However, for the time being, we will have an online auction this year through our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/fryhealthecarefoundation and a Dessert Dash Raffle to raise funds to meet the ongoing needs of Boundary Community Hospital and the Extended Care Facility. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of rural hospitals like ours; there were several points during the pandemic that transfers were made extremely difficult due to lack of available rooms at other facilities and staffing issues. Boundary Community Hospital has strived to increase the level of care that we are able to provide to ensure that our community is receiving excellent care despite transfer difficulties. Expanding our service lines and abilities comes with more vast equipment needs. Last year the Fry Healthcare Foundation raised enough funds to provide Boundary Community Hospital with two crash carts, a state-of-the-art surgical table, and a podiatry table through the support of our sponsors and generous donors. We could not have accomplished all of this without the help of our community. Thank you.

The Festival of Hearts Online Auction:

Will run from January 31st – February 10th. Winners of auction items will be able to pick up your items on February 11th, 5 pm at Riverside Auto Center. You can access the auction here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fryhealthecarefoundation

The Dessert Dash Raffle:

Tickets Available Jan 20th through Feb 10th – Donation $10/ticket

  • Online here
  • Fry Healthcare Foundation Board Members
  • Mountain West Bank
  • Riverside Auto Center

Three Grand Prizes from local Bonners Ferry businesses

25 Fabulous Desserts donated by local businesses and individuals who are well-known for their luscious confections

2019 Golf Tournament Recap

Fry Healthcare Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament

Swing! For your heart, for your health and for the community, and that’s what 44 players did at the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 6th.

Dustin Kralik and Tim Jackson played to a victory on the beautiful fairways and greens at Mirror Lake Golf Course as part of the “Red Hot Foursome”.

(L to R) Dustin Kralik and Tim Jackson – winners of the 2019 Fry Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament.

Phil Pollacia and Beth Wrigley came in second with Dave Anderson and Dick Staples finishing in third place.

Longest Drive for Men was Joe Laffoon. In addition to coming in second, Beth Wrigley had the Longest Drive for Women and Closest to the Hole. Larry Nelson had the Most Accurate Drive and Gus Jackson sank the Longest Putt.

Sponsors for the tournament included Kootenai Health, Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, Life Flight Network, Gardiner Prime Angus Ranch, Edward Jones Investments, Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Pace-Kerby & Co., P1FCU, Medicine Man Pharmacy, and Riverside Auto Center. Generous donations were received from BF Redi-Mix, The Dressing Room, Cloud Eleven Mountain Farms, Mugsy’s Tavern and Grill, Roxanna Little Designs, Steve Nelson, Beth Wrigley, Riverside Auto Center, Kootenai Health, and Auburn Crest Hospice. Special thank you to John Mace and his team at IBC Signs for donating new Tee Box signs for the tournament.

Beck’s Furniture donated the prize for the Great Golf Ball Drop – a gas fire pit with four chairs valued at $1,300. The winning golf ball had Jan Baird’s number on it. Jan’s husband John, who was playing in the tournament, was happy to accept the prize on behalf of his wife.

(l-r) Rob Beck, Beck’s Furniture; Ed Sample, Fry Healthcare Foundation; John Baird, Winner; and Craig Johnson, BCH CEO

The funds raised at this year’s tournament will be used to purchase large power tools for joint replacement surgery at Boundary Community Hospital. Over the past twenty years, the Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised over $1.2 Million to benefit the hospital. We are very grateful for your continued support that ultimately benefits everyone who relies on Boundary Community Hospital for emergency and routine care.

For More Information:
Fry Healthcare Foundation: 208-267-6912
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Your Baby’s First Tests

Your Baby’s First Test

By:  Sarah Prescott

When awaiting a new bundle of joy, parents are eager to finally hear the doctor pronounce the arrival of a healthy baby.  An Apgar Score is given to a newborn to quickly assess their physical condition and health.  However, there is another test that each newborn will undergo that is critical to discovering what may be hidden from plain sight and be crucial to their future development.  This test is known as the Newborn Screening Test and it is required in Idaho to be done on all newborns.  It is responsible for identifying a range of genetic and inherited health conditions that can lead to a myriad of developmental delays and potentially even death.1 Even though these conditions are rare, it is important to identify them as soon as possible so that any necessary treatment can begin immediately.

The Newborn Screening Test scans for 47 such conditions.  In Idaho, 1 in every 1,000 babies is born with one of these rare genetic conditions that could in some cases could be fatal.2   The test is done in two parts, with the first blood sample taken from a small pinprick to the baby’s heel being done at 1-2 days old, and the second sample being taken at 10 to 14 days old.  The sample is obtained in the Hospital where the baby is born or the Pediatrician’s office and sent out to a Lab in Oregon for testing.  A blood sample can also be obtained at the Boundary Community Hospital Outpatient Laboratory and sent in to the Oregon Lab if the parent has been given the proper testing materials to bring in with them to the Lab.

The results of these tests are sent to the baby’s Pediatrician who will then notify the parent of any findings.  It is scary for a parent to receive such a call and get the news that their child has a genetic condition or defect that may change the course of their life.  It is best though to receive this call as soon as possible so that a proper diet can be started for an amino acid deficiency disorder or medication taken to prevent slow growth due to Congenital Hypothyroidism.  Without the results of the Newborn Screening some of these conditions may lead to the loss of a child, or not knowing that there is an issue until irreversible developmental delays are observed.  The conditions identified by the Newborn Screening Test usually mean a great deal of education and understanding along with a treatment plan that will be lifelong.  A Pediatrician or Specialist will help parents navigate decisions and treatment plans regarding any of these identified conditions.

As the mother of a child who tested positive for one such rare condition, I can speak to the stress and uncertainty that comes along with a positive diagnosis.   I can also speak to the strong sense of gratitude I have for the Newborn Screening Program and the fact that had my child’s condition not been identified at 2 weeks of age they might not have the same quality of life that they do today.  If you are expecting a child or planning to become pregnant, it is important to know what to expect regarding the Newborn Screening Test and the important role it plays in the lives of Idaho families.

TSE: When Time is of the Essence in an Emergency

When Time is of the Essence in an Emergency

By: Sunshine Bartlett, RN
Boundary Community Hospital Emergency Department

Published in the Bonners Ferry Herald 6/21/2018

The man sitting beside you in church slumps forward. When you speak with him his words are slurred. He seems unable to lift one of his arms.

You are at a family dinner. Your aunt mentions to you she has been having chest pain for the last 30 minutes. She doesn’t want to cause a fuss. She wants to know what you think she should do.

You are driving down the road. You come upon a truck which ran off the road and struck a tree.

 What do these three situations have in common?

They are all considered Time Sensitive Emergencies.

Time sensitive emergencies are medical conditions where rapid treatment can make a big difference in the eventual outcome for a person.

The state of Idaho has recognized Stroke, Heart Attack and Trauma as circumstances where timely care can prevent and lessen disability and even death. Many of the Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) and hospitals throughout the state are adopting new systems to reduce delays for these people. These measures include calling ahead an alert to make these patients a priority, developing protocols to assure the highest level of care and expediting transfers to the most appropriate facility.

You are the most crucial piece in the chain. Without people in the community alerting medical personnel the process cannot begin.

What can you do if you recognize the signs of these critical situations?


Slurring of speech, facial droop and/or weakness on one side of the body.

Heart attack:

Chest pain or pressure which can move into the neck or arm, sweating, nausea and/or pale skin.


Any concerning trauma or injury.

First, remain calm and Call 911.  EMS in Boundary County have been trained to respond and treat these emergencies. They will notify the Hospital of the type of emergency so other preparations can be made.

Next, stay with the person. Dispatch may have questions for you which can help EMS locate and treat the person who is sick or injured.

In each of these cases, the quicker the person can get to medical care, the better the chance they will go on to lead a healthy and productive life. Your ability to recognize these critical situations and act may really make a difference in someone’s life.

Boundary Community Hospital in Boundary County and Bonner General Health in Bonner County have been designated as Level IV Trauma Centers by the State of Idaho for Time Sensitive Emergencies.


Stroke? Think F A S T
Stroke Cincinnati Pre-Hospital Stroke Scale
Face: Ask the person to smile
– does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase – is their speech slurred?
Time: Time is brain! Stroke is an EMERGENCY!