Hospital Designated Level II STEMI Center and Level III Stroke Center

July 10, 2019

Bonners Ferry, ID – Boundary Community Hospital (BCH) has been designated as a Level II STEMI Center and Level III Stroke Center by the State of Idaho. These designations for the Hospital are part of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency (TSE) System and is reserved for hospitals that meet the stringent criteria established by the State as part of the statewide TSE system of care that includes three of the top five causes of death in Idaho: trauma, stroke, and heart attack (STEMI).  BCH is already a Level IV Trauma Center.

Kudos to the Emergency Team and Dr. Stu Willis for all of their work on obtaining these credentials. Alana Temple, RN is the lead for the TSE STEMI designation, Corey Johnson, RN and Wanda Wilkerson, RN are the leads for the TSE Stroke designation and Gina Gallette, RN is the lead for TSE Trauma.  Special thanks to Dr. Chuck Newhouse, Emergency Department Director; Dr. Ed Moellmer, Hospital Chief of Staff; and Dr. Mark Pruitt for their contributions to put systems in place at Boundary Community Hospital to achieve the designations.

According to BCH TSE Medical Director, Stu Willis, MD, “As a rural community, we have an obligation to provide services that improve survivability. It is important for our Emergency Department staff to work together with local EMS providers at Boundary Ambulance and Life Flight Network in an organized process to be sure patients are treated or when required, transported to another Hospital for the appropriate level of care. In addition, prevention education is a key component of this, especially in regards to heart attack and stroke.”

As the first Pacific Northwest hospital to be awarded the Critical Access Hospital designation by the federal government, Boundary
Community Hospital has always had an essential role in meeting the healthcare needs of Bonners Ferry and the surrounding county.  In 2012, 49.1% of preventable deaths in Idahoans under age 75 were the result of trauma, stroke, or heart attack. The TSE initiative is putting processes in place so the RIGHT PATIENT gets the RIGHT CARE at the RIGHT TIME, helping to ensure an optimal outcome, especially when TIME is critical.

The hospital is investing in the community through the fully-staffed Emergency Department with physicians and
nurses experienced in emergency medicine, and certified in advanced trauma, cardiac, and pediatric care.  The Clinical Medical
Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging technologists are also available 24/7 so that tests can be performed when time is critical for patient treatment in a Time Sensitive Emergency.