Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

KH.ORG 3 WHAT’S INSIDE Issue 1 | 2024 20 Fantastic support for Festival of Trees 18 Walking without pain after ankle replacement 16 A step up in trauma care 6 Always one beat ahead Follow Us 8 Beyond the gold standard: New treatments offer hope 5 Breathe easy—you’re in good hands Find out how the Difficult Airway Response Team program has improved collaboration and patient safety. 10 Meet our new providers Help us welcome our new experts in family medicine and other specialties to the Kootenai Health team. 14 Patients at Kootenai Health have better health outcomes Healthgrades recognizes our cardiac surgery, stroke care and pulmonary care for excellence. 22 Ask the expert Endocrinologist Maria Rodebaugh, M.D., explains the difference between diabetes and prediabetes and how to manage them.