EIRMC, Madison receive A grades for patient safety

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Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and Madison Memorial Hospital were among 832 hospitals nationwide to receive “A” grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization.

Leapfrog’s ratings were released Oct. 31.

Leapfrog’s Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms, a Madison Memorial Hospital news release said.

EIRMC and Madison Memorial were the only eastern Idaho hospitals to receive “A” grades. Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello received a “C” and Bingham Memorial Hospital was not listed among the rankings.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, in a news release.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, developed under the guidance of a blue-ribbon national expert panel, uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public, the release said.

“At Madison Memorial we take patient safety very seriously,” said Nolan Bybee, director of risk management at Madison Memorial, in the release. “We are vigilant in following rules and regulation necessary to maintain the highest level of safety when caring for each and every patient.”

Blackfoot Chamber President’s Gala is Nov. 16

Tickets are on sale for the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President’s Gala on Nov. 16.

The event’s theme is “Celebrating our Past, Present & Future,” a chamber news release said. Tables for eight are $300 and individual tickets are $40.

The event celebrates the year of achievements with the community and attendees can learn the winners of the “Best Foot Forward” and “Business of the Year” awards as well as those elected as the newest members for the chamber’s 2018 board of directors.

The black-tie event features fine dining, music and a silent auction. RSVP and payments must be received before Nov. 13, the release said.

Tickets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/BFCgala. For information, call 208-785-0510.

Pediatric therapy center announces name change

The Speech and Language Clinic is now Connections Therapy Centers.

Connections has clinics in Idaho Falls, Rigby, Rexburg and Blackfoot, a center news release said.

Connections started with one speech therapist in 2003 and has grown into five clinics with 80 speech, occupational and physical therapists, the release said.

“We have kid-friendly clinics, which means a stress-free environment for parents while their children receive the best medical treatment,” the release said.

“We truly love and care for our patients and, for us, it is all about the connections we have with them,” said owner and speech-language pathologist Michelle Dahlberg. “This is an exciting time and we look forward to helping many more patients find their success story.”

For information, call 208-535-1286.

‘Hire a Veteran’ event is scheduled Wednesday

The Idaho Department of Labor is sponsoring a “Hire a Veteran Campaign.” The campaign’s goal is to have 100 veterans, who have served the country and are ready to share their skills, hired statewide.

The Idaho Falls Department of Labor Office, 1515 E. Lincoln Road, will host a “Hire a Veteran” event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Participating Idaho Falls employers include the Idaho State Police, IS Custom Staffing, RED Inc. Communications, Salt Lake Express and the Social Security Administration.

For information, contact Denise Meador, veterans representative in the Idaho Falls Department of Labor office, by phone at 208-557-2500, ext. 3661 or by emailing Denise.Meador@labor.idaho.gov.

Les Schwab Tire Centers launch turkey drive

For the 15th consecutive year, Les Schwab Tire Centers is teaming up with The Idaho Foodbank and its community partners to conduct a turkey drive in the final two months of the year.

Les Schwab Tire Centers will accept turkey donations through Dec. 31 for those in need of food this holiday season. Last year, the drive provided nearly 600 turkeys to the Foodbank and the pantries distributing food to families statewide, a Les Schwab news release said.

Turkeys are a part of The Idaho Foodbank’s organization-wide effort to distribute the food for nearly 3 million meals in November and December.

The Idaho Foodbank supports food pantries in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Ririe and Shelley. It also has mobile food pantries in Arco, Challis, Driggs, Leadore, Rexburg, Rigby, Roberts and Salmon.

For information, visit idahofoodbank .org.

The Batter’s Box opens on Yellowstone Highway

Brandon Martin and Carrie McCarty have opened The Batter’s Box at 2296 N. Yellowstone Highway, Bay 2.

The business offers two indoor batting cages for children, teens and adults to improve their batting skills. The facility’s hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, and one-on-one appointments also are available. Call 208-206-0428 or visit The Batter’s Box on Facebook for information.

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