Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

Robert Burnett, M.D. Todd Hoopman, M.D. Pulmonary care The Pulmonary Care Excellence Award recognizes hospitals with superior clinical outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. “We utilize a multidisciplinary team to provide timely treatment for respiratory conditions, including COPD and pneumonia,” said Kootenai Clinic pulmonologist Todd Hoopman, M.D. “This team’s efforts span the full care continuum, from the hospital to the outpatient clinic. This broad effort has, in turn, helped to reduce hospitalizations and improve outcomes for patients with respiratory diseases.” Stroke care The Stroke Care Excellence Award recognizes hospitals with superior clinical outcomes in the treatment of stroke. To be eligible, a hospital must be able to provide needed care to 90 percent or more of the patients going there for stroke care. “Our stroke program has been recognized for excellence every year since 2021,” said Kate Knight, RN, Stroke and STEMI program coordinator. “In addition to the Stroke Care Excellence Award, we have also been named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care and received the Neuroscience Excellence Award.” “Caring for stroke patients continues to evolve,” said Kootenai Clinic neurologist Ramsis Benjamin, M.D. “Our knowledge of medicines, equipment and techniques for various stages of stroke is constantly expanding. Kootenai Health’s system of care strives to keep abreast of the latest technology and to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment options to this much-beloved community.” Cardiac surgery To be considered for an award in cardiac surgery, a hospital must be evaluated for both its coronary artery bypass graft surgeries and its valve surgeries. As the “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” award name implies, Kootenai Health is among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for these procedures. “Let’s be honest, nobody really wants to have heart surgery. When you are told this is what may be required, we understand how that must feel,” said Kootenai Heart Clinics cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Burnett, M.D. “At Kootenai Health, we make that experience as positive as possible from the evaluation through the recovery, engaging literally hundreds of team members. We want patients to have confidence in the process, and a recognition such as the ‘Top 50’ helps with that. It is great to be recognized as a standout for what we have been passionate about for years: the highest quality, friendly care right here at home.” Have Better Health Outcomes Ramsis Benjamin, M.D. Kate Knight, RN KH.ORG 15