January 2017 Around Town 2

Idaho Sage-Grouse Collaborative Wins National Award

The Idaho Sage-Grouse Action Team was named the winner of the Public Lands Foundation’s Landscape Stewardship Award for 2016.
The team is a nine-member collaborative that enhances work across southern and central Idaho intended to benefit the habitat of the greater Sage-Grouse.
The ISGAT serves as a forum in which all Sage-Grouse conservation efforts can be prioritized, planned, funded and implemented in coordination.  The ISGAT has also been instrumental in leveraging funding devoted to habitat restoration projects.  (In 2016, the ISGAT has helped get $716,000 in state Sage-Grouse conservation funding matched with over $1.6 million in local and federal funding.)
Other ISGAT achievements include:
· Securing additional funding for Idaho’s eight Rangeland Fire
 Protection Associations
· Advocating for strategic fuel breaks across the southern 
portion of the state
·  Helping focus funding for post-fire restoration
· Promoting research into innovative methods needed to protect 
Sage-Grouse habitat

Healthgrades Gives St. Luke’s Top Marks Across Sites, Specialties

Specialty care at several of St. Luke’s hospitals in Boise and Meridian are among the best in the nation, according to a new report by Healthgrades, an online leader when it comes to helping consumers find the right doctor and the right hospital.
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance annually at 4,500 hospitals around the country. The organization focuses on 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, including appendectomy and bariatric surgery. The findings are then featured in Healthgrades’ 2017 Report to the Nation.
This year, Healthgrades evaluated 45 million Medicare inpatient records for short-term acute care hospitals nationwide. Researchers assessed and evaluated hospital performance looking at mortality and complications. Its report highlights how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals around the region and nationwide.
Honored this year for exceptional care are St. Luke’s Boise, Meridian, Magic Valley, Wood River and McCall, all of which showed year over year improvement.

Proposed Idaho College of Osteopath Medicine Appoints Key Leadership Positions

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine announced two key leadership positions. John Goodnow, MHSA will serve as the chairman of the board and Tracy Farnsworth, EDD, MHSA, MBA will serve as president and CEO.
Goodnow has been the CEO of Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana, for the past 14 years. He graduated from the University of California-Davis and has a master’s in health services administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Tracy Farnsworth brings a diverse background to his new role at ICOM, including over 25 years in various healthcare and higher education leadership roles. Farnsworth was appointed associate dean, Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, Idaho State University in 2010. Before his transition to higher education, Farnsworth assumed executive level appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, City of Hope National Medical Center, and other public and private healthcare systems.

FitOne Raises $75,000 for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital received $75,000 from the FitOne 5K, 10K and Half Marathon thanks to the nearly 10,000 people who participated in this year’s run/walk event.
Idaho’s statistics closely mirror national childhood obesity rates, with one in three children overweight or obese. These children have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint dysfunction and more.
Funds from 2016 will support projects in some of Idaho’s more rural communities. The funds allow St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital to support programs that are safe, structured and sustainable.
In 2016, FitOne also introduced the Group Volunteer Gift Program, a new initiative created to encourage smaller local nonprofits to play a larger role in FitOne’s events, while offering an alternative way for these often-overlooked organizations to raise funds. Through the GVGP, St. Luke’s Health System donated $13,000 to 11 eligible volunteer groups.

Boise Startup Donating Over $200,000 of Merchandise to Local Servicemen

A local Boise startup is giving back to the communities all over the United States by giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of its products. SaharaCase LLC, a cell phone case manufacturer, is donating its cellphone cases to local officers, firefighters and soldiers in support of their service.
“Soldiers and police officers are a big part of our community,” says COO Paul Babichenko. “With all of these horrible tragedies happening all around the world, we are fortunate to have these military men and women protecting us. We wanted to show our appreciation to those that put their lives on the line every day .”
For the month of November, with every case purchased on SaharaCase.com, the company donated an additional case to service members.

Idaho Independent Bank Named Among Top 1 percent of Most Extraordinary Banks in U.S.

Idaho Independent Bank was recently named among the top 1 percent of most extraordinary community banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. The award was given to the top 60 out of 6,000 community banks in America for their commitment to strong community banking.
“It is a special honor to be part of this elite group of banks who care so much about their local communities,”  says Jack W. Gustavel, CEO of IIB.
The Extraordinary Banking Awards exist to highlight the vital, yet often overlooked role that community banks play in the economy. Consumers have the Banky Awards as their guide to discovering the best, most extraordinary banks in their communities and the country.

Jerry Hastings Elected Vice President by Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Jerry Hastings, of Boise, was elected by the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors as vice president. Hastings will take over duties of president March 9 at the annual ISPLS Conference at the Riverside Hotel in Boise and serve a term of two years.
Hastings has 40 years of surveying experience and has been the Ada County Surveyor since 2007.
His duties at Ada County include reviewing plats, condominiums and condo declarations for compliance with Idaho Code and Ada County Code prior to them being recorded; checking for presence of boundary and lot corners for subdivisions and comparing field monuments with plat symbols for match when interior pins have been bonded for and will be set at a later date; meeting with clients and attorneys of projects and the surveyor preparing the plat or condo.
He has been with Ada County since 2004.

The city of Boise opens Idaho’s First Commercial Zero Net Energy Building

The city of Boise has celebrated the grand opening of Idaho’s first commercial zero net energy building. The super-efficient and innovative building offsets the small amount of energy used by generating renewable energy, resulting in a net energy use of zero, and saving the city nearly $24,000 in annual energy costs.
“This building is yet another example of how the city of Boise goes the extra mile to set new standards for innovation,” says Mayor David Bieter. “I couldn’t be more proud of how this project reflects our larger effort to be sustainable in all aspects of our work on behalf of the residents of Boise.”
The city began implementing energy efficient projects and installing energy reduction measures over ten years ago and has recently set a goal of designing new city buildings to meet zero net energy and reducing energy use in existing city buildings by 50 percent by 2030.