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Emergency Response – Please call 911
Open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Emergency Entrance located on Kaniksu Street

The Emergency Department is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It is available for any medical emergency requiring definitive treatment and/or stabilization.

The department is staffed with medical professionals; experienced physicians and nurses with emergency, trauma and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. All of our staff are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nursing, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Emergency Nursing Pediatrics. Our staff is well-educated, highly motivated, caring and friendly. We work closely with our local EMT’s and Paramedics as part of our Trauma Team. Short wait times and a staff dedicated to treating everyone in a warm and calming way should ease some of the stress when an emergency room visit is necessary. Our team is trained for time-sensitive emergencies and will act quickly to get our patients to definitive care.

As a designated Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Boundary Community Hospital is dedicated to providing the best health care no matter what your financial circumstances are.

The Emergency Department also has access to helicopters, fixed–wing aircraft and paramedic ambulances to transport patients to larger medical centers in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.

Time Sensitive Emergency

Boundary Community Hospital (BCH) has been designated as a Level II STEMI (Heart Attack) Center, Level III Stroke Center, and a Level IV Trauma 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).

The 2014 Idaho Legislature approved and funded a plan to develop a statewide Time Sensitive Emergency System of care that includes three of the top five causes of death in Idaho: trauma, stroke, and heart attack.  Studies show that organized systems of care improve patient outcomes, reduce the frequency of preventable death, and improve the quality of life of the patient.  The goals of the TSE system are to decrease mortality and improve patient recovery by providing the rapid movement of patients to centers for definitive treatment.

Boundary Ambulance

The new Boundary Ambulance Critical Care Transport (CCT) Ambulance parked in front of the Emergency Department. According to Jeff Lindsey, NRP, Chief of Boundary Ambulance, “We are happy to have this large ambulance available for Boundary County.  It has the space for critical care equipment and personnel when we need to transport critical patients to appropriate centers of treatment.”

Consider membership in Life Flight Network, the air medical service company that operates in the Northwest and Intermountain West. Click on the link below to find out more.

Life Flight Network is a nationally-recognized not-for-profit air medical service with 16 bases in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana.

In the News

TSE – Accidents Will Happen – Bonners Ferry Living Local September 2020

Time Sensitive Emergencies and COVID-19 – Bonners Ferry Herald June 4, 2020
The Time to Act is Now – Bonners Ferry Living Local February 2020

When Your Life Is On The Line – Bonners Ferry Living Local January 2019
TSE – Hot Weather Safety – Bonners Ferry Living Local August 2018
When Time is of the Essence in an Emergency – Bonners Ferry Herald June 20, 2018
When Time is of the Essence in an Emergency – Bonners Ferry Living Local August/September 2017
Stroke Think FAST! – Bonners Ferry Living Local April /May 2017
Time Sensitive Emergencies – STEMI – Bonners Ferry Living Local December 2016/January 2017
Brr It’s Cold Outside – TSE Cold Weather Safety – Bonners Ferry Herald January 19, 2017
Time Sensitive Emergencies in Boundary County – News Release November 2016
Time Sensitive Emergencies – Trauma – Bonners Ferry Living Local September/October 2016
September – Childhood Injury Prevention Month – September 2016
Mobile Ultrasound – Newest Tool in the Emergency Department – April 2016
Life Flight Network Welcomes Northwest MedStar to the Team – March 2016

Level II STEMI and Level III Stroke News Release July 18, 2019

Level IV Trauma News Release

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