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Monday, May 20th, 2019


POCATELLO, Idaho (May 20, 2019) – Skyline Surgery Center is excited to welcome Portneuf Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital as new partners. Portneuf Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital join with Bingham Memorial Hospital in forming a joint venture with the local physician owners of Skyline. The joint venture will maintain the high quality, personalized care you have come to expect from Skyline Surgery Center.

“Skyline Surgery Center has been providing outpatient surgical services to the citizens of eastern Idaho for the last six years. Bringing in two new hospital partners, Portneuf Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital, allows Skyline to expand these services to give more options for patients and physicians,” said Jeff Stucki, DO, president of Skyline Surgery Center.

“Skyline Surgery Center has helped lead the way in providing a wide variety of medical options in Bannock County,” said Jake Erickson, CEO Bingham Healthcare. “By expanding how closely our hospitals and surgeons work with Skyline, more patients throughout Eastern Idaho, who qualify for outpatient surgery, will benefit from a more convenient and cost-effective surgical option.”

“Having been born and raised in Pocatello, my goal in founding Skyline Surgery Center was to bring low-cost medical services to the community I love. It brings me much happiness to see this unprecedented cooperation between three hospitals and conscientious physicians come to fruition,” said Ryan Hope, MD, past President and Skylines original founder.

“This additional site of care means more convenience, better access to care, and more healthcare delivery options for patients,” said Dan Ordyna, CEO Portneuf Medical Center. “Skyline is a first-class surgical facility staffed by professionals dedicated to service excellence. We welcome them and look forward to continuing to offer a variety of outpatient surgical options.”

“The collaboration between our three hospitals and the excellent surgeons involved in Skyline brings together the best healthcare minds in the region to provide the quality and value that will benefit the community for years to come,” said James Adamson, CEO Mountain View Hospital.

About Skyline Surgery Center

Skyline is a multispecialty, outpatient surgery center which houses three operating rooms and one procedure room. Its specialty focus includes general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pain management, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, podiatry; oral and dental surgery, orthopedic surgery including hand procedures; and neurosurgery and spine.

About Bingham Memorial Medical Center

Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), a proud member of Bingham Healthcare, is a 501(c)3 non-profit 25-bed critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. Our mission is to advance the healthcare experience through innovation, compassion, and exceptional service. We are also committed to a pursuit of excellence in providing a continuum of high-quality and compassionate healthcare services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. BMH employs nearly 1,000 people, and they have healthcare facilities in Idaho Falls, Ammon, Shelley, Blackfoot, Chubbuck, and Pocatello, Idaho.

About Mountain View Hospital

Mountain View Hospital, a 43-bed hospital, strives to be the facility of choice for Idaho Falls and surrounding areas. Through the commitment, compassion and talent of our caring staff and physicians we are focused on improving human health and well-being through exceptional patient care. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to make a positive and lasting impact on healthcare in our community.

About Portneuf Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center is a 205-bed regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. From our Cancer Center and Level II NICU to our cardiology care and Level II Trauma Center, our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff stand ready to help families in the region.


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Portneuf Medical Center



Brian Ziel

Mountain View Hospital



Jericho Cline

Bingham Memorial Hospital & Skyline Surgery Center


Chili Weather Chili

Monday, November 26th, 2018

As the weather cools down outside, a good, hot meal always hits the spot. Chili is a hearty, warm meal that is filling and satisfying. Here are ways to make it healthy and hearty meal.


Instead of this… Try this…
Fritos Baked tortilla chips
Full fat sour cream Fat free sour cream
Cheddar cheese Reduced fat cheese
Bacon Chopped Onions

Ways to Make it Healthy:

  • Go meatless-beans provide plenty of protein and are low fat and full of fiber
  • Tomatoes-try reduced sodium canned tomatoes
  • Add veggies- any time you can add veggies, go for it. Try zucchini, carrots, onions, squash, pumpkin, or corn
  • Spices-substitute salt for spices like chili powder, paprika, cumin, pepper

Here are some recipes to try!

Easy Vegetarian Chili


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped white onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup shredded cheese, such as Cheddar or pepper Jack


  • 1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and coriander; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add beans, tomatoes (with their juice) and water and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 2 Serve the chili sprinkled with cheese.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate chili (Step 1) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Spicy White Chili


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions (2 large)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 4.5-ounce can diced green chile peppers, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cups cubed cooked turkey breast or chicken breast
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño chile peppers (4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Chili powder (optional)


  • 1 Coat an unheated large skillet with cooking spray. Add oil; heat over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 5 to 6 minutes or until tender, stirring often. Stir in green chile peppers, the 1 tablespoon chili powder, the oregano and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a 3½- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Mash one can of the beans. Stir all of the beans, the broth and the water into mixture in slow cooker. Stir in turkey. Cover and cook on low-heat setting 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting 2 to 3 hours. Add ¾ cup of the shredded cheese, stirring until melted. To serve, top each serving with about 1 teaspoon of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the remaining shredded cheese. If desired, garnish with cilantro and additional chili powder.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2018 EatingWell.comPrinted From 11/7/2018

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili for Two

Recipe By: EatingWell Test Kitchen “This satisfying vegetarian chili for two is studded with black beans and sweet potatoes. Serve with some warmed corn tortillas and tossed salad with orange segments and avocado.”


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile, (see Note)
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1⅓ cups water
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
    • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
    • 2 teaspoons lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • 1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and potato and cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for 2 days. Stir in cilantro just before serving.
  • Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeno peppers. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty spice section of most supermarkets.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2018 EatingWell.comPrinted From 11/7/2018

Seminar on Men’s Health: A How To Guide

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Movember® is a national movement to raise awareness for men’s health issues – specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives as well as mental health.

Unless a man develops a chronic condition as a child, such as asthma, he is likely to forgo routine physical exams. In fact, many men wait until they are faced with a health crisis or until someone pushes them to make an appointment. In addition to raising awareness about male specific cancers, the Movember movement stresses the need for men to maintain an ongoing relationship with their primary care physician and to schedule annual exams and routine screenings.

November’s featured seminar, Men’s Health: A How to Guide, will be presented by Drs. Peter Jones, Austin Myers and Warren Willey. The Portneuf Lab will also be on hand. Peter Jones, MD will address some of the controversies around prostate cancer screening, the most recent data on the subject, and emerging alternatives and adjuncts to standard screening methods that are in use and available to men today.

Austin Myers, MD, who specializes in treating low back pain with an interventional approach, will focus on how to accurately diagnose low back pain, and alleviate or lessen low back pain so his patients can possibly avoid surgery and have a higher quality of life.

Testosterone has become a household word over the last 10 years with the barrage of commercials, clinics, and medical providers voicing its benefits. Warren Willey, MD will briefly discuss its history and help people understand basic physiology as well as risks vs. benefits of replacement.  The presentation will also provide some options for men to optimize their own production of this important hormone.

We invite you to join us on Monday, November 12, 2018 in the Portneuf Medical Center Pebble Creek Conference Room. The seminar is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6pm; presentation will begin at 6:30. Tailgate foods will be served. Registration is preferred; please call 208-239-2033 to reserve a seat or register for this community seminar at

This month, remind the men in your life – fathers, brothers, husbands and friends – to be aware of any family history of cancer, adopt a healthier lifestyle and educate themselves on common health concerns including cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression.

A reminder: Colon Cancer, the next Red Hot Mamas (RHM) Event, will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. For more information, visit or call 208-239-2033.

The Portneuf Lab will available at both the RHM and the men’s health seminars to share reduced fee lab information. Just prior to the Men’s Health Seminar, men can get a reduced fee Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. The cost for the test is $18 and it does not require you to fast. If interested in having the test, please bring check or cash and come a little early.

Receiving the Game Ball!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

When you think about a hospital, it is likely you think about our fabulous doctors and nurses, but there is an army of engineers behind the scenes to ensure everything is running smoothly and safely. During the ISU Football Game last Saturday, we honored Portneuf’s Materials Management and the hospital Engineering Team.

This group of employees are responsible for maintaining the extensive heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and ventilation systems in hospitals,  along with supplies and grounds. With winter weather coming, they work tirelessly to keep our parking lot free from snow. This hard-working team makes sure supplies are in the operating rooms, the generators are running, and many other tasks that happen that allow our facility to run smoothly.

The leader of this team, Reed Worley, recently celebrated his 40th Anniversary as an employee at Portneuf Medical Center. Reed started working at the hospital when it St. Anthony Hospital! Congratulations to Reed and the entire Material Management and Engineering Department members for keeping Portneuf Medical Center running safely for our patients, employees, physicians and visitors.

National Mammography Day

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

This October, Portneuf Medical Center is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We know that breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer and we are well aware that Idaho has one of the lowest mammography rates in the U.S. In conjunction with National Mammography Day, which is Friday, October 19th, the Portneuf team is urging women to schedule their own appointment for a mammogram and to remind at least one friend to schedule an appointment as well.

Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated. In fact, breast cancer is detected either during a screening examination, before symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump. If we are hoping for an early diagnosis, it is important to remember that annual clinical breast exams by a physician and regular mammograms, as recommended by your primary care provider, are essential steps in the fight against breast cancer.

Women should also know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away. Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

According to the 2015 National Health Interview Survey, 50 percent of women 40 years of age and older reported having had a mammogram within the past year, in Idaho that number is closer to 47 percent. Please take moment and remind your wife, mother, sister, daughter and friends to get screened. Call 208-239-1500 to schedule a mammogram.

Seminar on hand and wrist pain

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The hand, one of the most flexible parts of the human skeleton, is an intricate instrument that is both tough and delicate. Our hands help us to experience and control the world around us and hence, enable us to work and care for others and ourselves. However, when our hands, wrists or upper extremities do not function properly, daily activities such as driving a car, typing or cooking can be difficult and painful. It is estimated that over 30-40 million adults in the United States have some pain in the upper extremities.

When we talk about hand and wrist pain, most of the time, patients are able to get temporary relief from symptoms by altering activities, using prescribed medications, splinting and therapy. However, if conservative techniques are not successful in relieving a patient’s problem, surgery may be required. An experienced hand surgeon can discuss the best options with you.

If you or a loved one is experiencing pain in your upper extremities, then this is one seminar you don’t want to miss. Ryan Miller, DO will talk in general about pain in the upper extremities, nerve compression, osteoarthrosis, thumb pain, and different conditions or issues that cause pain. He too will touch on ways to help manage conditions and share advancement in treatment options.

The Seminar will be held on Thurs, October 18, 2018 in the Portneuf Medical Center Pebble Creek Conference Room. The seminar is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6pm; presentation will begin at 6:30p and light refreshments will be served. Registration is preferred; please call 208-239-2033 to reserve a seat or register for this community seminar at

Medically Reviewed by: Ryan Miller, DO

Couple Weds at Portneuf Medical Center

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Pocatello, ID – Looking to remove some stress from their already stressful lives, a Portneuf Medical Center patient and his fiancée decided to elope and tie the knot in the hospital’s chapel Sunday. 

Bradly Orr is currently being treated for cellulitis in his arm. Orr and his fiancée, Amber Walters, were ready to take their vows last Wednesday but postponed their nuptials due to circumstances beyond their control. On the day they were to wed, Walters brought her soon to be husband into the hospital because of the infection. Shortly after arriving at Portneuf, the couple talked about getting married in their hospital room.

When the couple suggested it a member of the nursing staff, the Portneuf team kicked into gear with the goal of making their day extra special. Destini Alvarado, CNA, used her lunch break to run home and grab wedding dress and makeup. Jess Kaminski, RN and Kimbriel Alvardo, RN served as the couple’s witnesses. Don Atwood, RN secured flowers that were donated by the Portneuf Auxiliary to make a bouquet and boutonniere. Finally, Dan Ordyna, CEO, came to the hospital in his best suit to perform the wedding in the hospital’s chapel.

“The staff made a horrible time in our life into a precious, memorable moment that I will always remember,” said Amber Walters.

After first meeting in Shelley, ID, Orr and Walters have been friends for 22 years. They both now live in Pocatello and are looking forward to starting their lives together.


Note: Portneuf Medical Center is a regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. From our Cancer Center and Level II NICU to our cardiology care and Level II Trauma Center, our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff stand ready to help families in the region.

3D Mammography

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

3D mammograms improve cancer detection and reduce recall rates for women of all ages and breast types, including the nearly 50 percent of women of breast cancer screening age who have dense breast tissue.

When making the decision about breast health, it is good to know that technology is evolving. 3D mammograms, also known as tomosynthesis, are available at Portneuf Medical Imaging.

“3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging technology that takes multiple thin images of breast tissue to allow us to see a clearer picture of the breast tissue and any breast masses,” said Dr. Steve Larsen, radiologist. “These multiple thin images are an advancement in our ability to detect breast cancer.”

At Portneuf, we are happy to provide and promote the benefits of 3D mammography; we will work with you and your care team to create a screening plan that is best for you. This new technology can help us identify a lump and catch breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Because the 3D technology is more accurate, it detects 41 percent more invasive cancers while reducing callbacks by up to 40 percent.

For women, they will notice little differences between traditional 2D mammograms and the newer 3D screenings. It takes a few seconds longer than a previous digital mammogram to capture the images. Also, it takes a little longer for the radiologist to read the images.

Portneuf Medical Center is fortunate to have the most highly advanced mammographic equipment. Our highly trained and professional radiologists are skilled diagnosticians and when findings indicate further evaluation due to abnormal clinical findings, we are committed to completing the additional studies in a timely manner and communicating the results to the patient as quickly as possible. Additionally, we follow the American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging guidelines which recommend annual mammogram screenings starting at age 40.

While we still recommend routine screenings beginning at age 40, women at high risk due to family history or genetics are urged to start routine screenings before 40. If there is a personal history of breast cancer or if there are additional questions about screening mammograms, talk to your doctor and learn what is right for you based on individual risks and concerns. Please note, at this time, 3D Mammograms may not be covered by all insurance providers and may not be available at all Healthcare sites, please check your benefits and the location when scheduling.

Talk to your primary care provider and schedule your mammogram today by calling 208-239-1500.

Reviewed by: Steve Larsen, MD and Scott Parker, MD

Thousands Attended Brake for Breakfast

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, Portneuf Cancer Center treated about 100 women with breast cancer in 2017. To kick off the month of October, Portneuf Medical Center proudly sponsored the 19th annual Brake for Breakfast.

While locally over 2,800 people attended the event, it is worthy to note, Brake for Breakfast events are held throughout southern Idaho and western Wyoming. Combined, participating co-op hospitals successfully reached over 12,000 people.

“We are sharing useful and important information in a high energy, fun community event,” said Jill Adams, Event Coordinator. “We are looking forward to celebrating our 20th year in 2019.”

While the event is fun and free, the event organizers want to stress that the goal is to remind women to perform monthly self-exams, to schedule routine clinical exams and to get a yearly mammogram after you pass into the fabulous forties or earlier if you are in a high-risk category.

Mammograms are a very effective, highly accurate diagnostic tool for locating and diagnosing abnormal breast tissue. Timely detection can aid in diagnosis and treatment. Statistically, early detection decreases breast cancer mortality in women by 30 percent. Finding cancer early increases a woman’s chance of survival. Peace of mind and early detection are just a phone call away. The best prevention is early detection! Call and schedule your mammogram today 208-239-1500.

Mark your calendar now for the 20th Annual Brake for Breakfast, October 2, 2019


When it becomes CHILI out, don’t STEW about it because fall is SOUPER

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Fall is here and it’s the perfect time of year for soups, stews, and chili. These dishes can also be an excellent way to include more vegetables in your diet. Vegetables are full of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. Soups, stews, and chili are easy to prepare, and can be frozen and consumed later when batch cooking. Making our own soups, stews, and chili also gives us the opportunity to add a variety of herbs and spices to lower the amount of sodium for heart-health. When preparing these at home choose a low-sodium broth and add flavor with a variety of herbs and spices instead of salt, and don’t forget those vegetables! Here are a couple recipes to savor this fall:

Tuscan Vegetable Soup from Food Network

Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew from Eating Well