Perry Shumway

Madisonhealth Blog

As you are (hopefully) aware, our 2024 strategic plan includes seven goals, one of which is tied to Pride Initiative F.3.1. In that initiative (and its accompanying WIG), we aim to improve the variance against our staffing standard as a way to help us remain profitable and thereby contribute toward ensuring the organization’s future. A committee overseeing this important goal has met with every Mh department, working with managers and directors to determine how to meet the initiative. One department in particular has stood out thus far, in accomplishing this vital objective. MedSurg/ICU, under the direction of Angie Hathaway and Stephanie Hart, has made huge strides in trimming staffing hours to meet the standard. For the first time in a year, the department’s staffing levels were actually within their department’s standard. Last year, an external consulting firm was utilized to provide Mh leadership with benchmarking statistics, including direct comparisons of...
Free Raffle Announcing our FREE RAFFLE with tons of prizes! Help us support these local businesses: THE HICKORY gift card ($50 value) ROCK GYM ($50 value) SPLATTER LAB ($60 value) RIGHTEOUS SLICE gift card ($25 value) SAGE DAY SPA ($100 value) HEBER HATCHETS ($60 value) FAT CATS ($100 value) COLD STONE ($25 value) ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($30 value)   Just take our 3-minute survey. And if you share this post on your own FB page, we’ll put in an additional entry for you! Terms and Conditions These terms and conditions apply to the Madison Memorial Hospital date-night raffle contest being run on the official Madison Memorial Hospital Facebook account, unless otherwise stated. This promotion is only open to legal residents of the United States and Canada. Employees of Madison Memorial can enter. Employees of Marketing and Public Relations at Madison Memorial are prohibited. By entering this promotion you agree to...


Madison’s Beloved Jack Law Retires After a Quarter Century of Service

 Jack Law, Madison Memorial’s Biomedical Engineer shares some of his journey from the last quarter-century of service at Madison Memorial following his retirement party. Some of the most interesting things that we learned from Jack’s insight include caring for the patient, co-workers, and the guests always at Madison. This inspirational attitude has helped Jack to remain constant in his service caring for everyone as part of fulfilling the mission of the hospital. After a quarter-century of unselfish sacrifice and service, Jack feels that he is a better man because of his time at Madison Memorial. He has felt the sweetness that comes as we care for those in need. He readily includes others in his family and friend group. This gives him the dedication and service leading to excellence in care with every patient all the time.

Good Morning, I’m Rachel Gonzales Chief Executive Officer at Madison Memorial. I’m Jack Clark, the Medical Director and Chief of Staff at Madison Memorial.  We have both been fully vaccinated, and we have masks for when we go back inside. We thought it would be helpful for the community to just hear the plain facts of what’s going on at Madison Memorial. We have been having this conversation for atleast 18 months and the information is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up. We’ve  gone through all the motions I think everybody else has: fear and uncertainty at the beginning  feeling excited about the future  maybe, it’ll go away we’ve really got this we know what we’re doing what’s going on  There have been some hard moments and there have been some beautiful moments. Watching the staff and how they care for patients, and care for each...

Mental illness in Idaho. Nearly one in five adults in the US lives with, and suffers from, a debilitating mental illness of one kind or another. And as much as we might like to think that this disturbing condition only affects people in faraway places, the truth is that here in Idaho, we’re definitely not immune. In fact, our state consistently ranks distressingly high in terms of suicide rates, in some years landing as much as 50% higher than the national average. Emotional wellness and psychological care are major health concerns within Madison County and the surrounding area. Our large population of college students, which is a boon for the community in terms of economics and cultural impact, also results in a significant, ongoing need for behavioral health support systems. A recent community needs assessment survey concluded that mental healthcare was the single most critical issue for the region, one...

Current Visitor Restrictions at Madison Memorial: There can only be one (1) designated visitor per patient, for the length of the patient’s stay (i.e., not one visitor at a time; only one visitor, who may come and go as needed, but is always the same person) No one under 18 may enter the building unless that person is a patient The Paragon Café continues to be closed to the general public Parents of pediatric patients may request permission to both (jointly or separately) visit their child September 16, 2021 The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated Crisis Standards of Care for all of Idaho today, as stated in their press release, dated September 16, 2021: “The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has activated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in accordance with IDAPA 16.02.09 – Crisis Standards of Care For Healthcare Entities. CSC is activated statewide because...

Much of Idaho is covered in smoke.  What can we do to improve our air quality in our personal lives. Wildfires impact health in Idaho. Besides the chance of your shelter burning, air quality affects everyone! Air pollutants can be very harmful to our health. The severity of the pollutant is determined by three factors: Exposure Length Type of Pollutant  Concentration of Exposure Have you ever experienced irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat? Or have you had upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia? We’ve all experienced headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. Short-term air pollution can aggravate these and other medical conditions of individuals with asthma and emphysema. Long-term health effects can include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, and heart disease. Damage can even be effective to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continual exposure to air pollution affects the lungs of growing children and may aggravate or complicate...

Maggie Wilkins was born in Argentina. She later moved to the US, where she was raised in a healthcare-centric environment in the Boise area. As a grade-schooler, she often sat in the local hospital’s nursing station after school, listening to her mother as she translated doctors’ and nurses’ instructions into Spanish. After witnessing firsthand how instrumental healthcare professionals could be in changing lives, Maggie decided to join the medical field herself. She enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI satellite program and is now excited to add some hands-on experience to her classroom learning. “I feel like I’ve learned more (shadowing Dr. Packer) in the past 3 days,” she said, “than I have in the past year of med school. Med school provided a foundation to work from, but being with patients every day is great because I can actually apply what I’ve been taught.” Dr. Packer’s...

To date, Madison Memorial has given more than 10,000 COVID vaccine doses. Additionally, 78% of our own staff are now fully vaccinated.

A huge THANK YOU to the following people, who helped make this happen:

  • Madison Memorial’s quality assurance team
  • Dozens of our nurses and staff
  • BYU-Idaho
  • Madison Cares
  • Madison School District 321
  • Sugar-Salem School District 322
  • Seasons Medical
  • Rexburg Medical Clinic
  • Bench Mark
  • Volunteers from the local community

We have all felt the effects of COVID-19 beyond the virus itself, but these people have worked tirelessly to help protect our community against even harder struggles.

If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, please visit your local pharmacy today. Until then, prevent the spread by wearing a mask in public.

The CDC recommends all people wear masks in healthcare facilities. Also, if you’re feeling sick, please stay home.

Thanks to our wonderful community, for all of your support.

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