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Portneuf Medical Center Administers First COVID-19 Vaccine to Frontline Team Members

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Pocatello, ID – Today, Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to front line team members. PMC expects to administer over 450 vaccinations from this first shipment.

“This is a historic moment for our organization, for our team members and for the community,” said Jordan Herget, CEO of Portneuf Medical Center. “We have been preparing to receive and administer this shipment of doses from the State of Idaho and the health districts, who are managing distribution. Our team members have dedicated themselves to caring for members of our community and we appreciate that they are among the first priority group to receive the protection of the vaccine. While the vaccine may be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, we recognize the toll this disease has had on our team members and community.”

Bernadette Bradburn, RN, Case Management, was the first PMC employee to receive the vaccine. She has worked for Portneuf for six years, has been a nurse for 13 years and is a breast cancer survivor. Bradburn has been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time.

The vaccination was given by Randee Hokanson, RN, Employee Health Supervisor. Hokanson has been a member of the Portneuf team for 11 years. Hokanson and her team, Maggie Jablonski, NP and Louise Zalusky-Kamm, MT, infection prevention lead, have been educating and helping protect our staff and community from COVID-19 since December 2019. This is an exciting and overwhelming moment for each of them.

“Today marks the beginning of the next phase of this pandemic,” said Dan Snell, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Portneuf Medical Center. “I am proud and honored to be a part of the PMC team and a member of the Pocatello community. Everyone has been affected, everyone has sacrificed. On behalf of our team, I want to thank you and encourage continued diligence in wearing masks, physical distancing and frequent handwashing in the weeks and months to come, until most of the population has been vaccinated.”

Following the CDC recommendations for tiering of COVID-19 vaccinations, Portneuf is vaccinating only front line team members and providers at this time. This process will continue over weeks as shipments of the vaccine are received.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit us at For more information on community distribution of the vaccine, visit


About Portneuf Medical Center

Portneuf Medical Center, a 205-bed regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, is well known for its level II trauma center, level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), QOPI certified cancer center, high performing orthopedic services and a full suite of cardiac services. Portneuf additionally offers the largest general surgery group in the state, robotics-trained surgeons, an award-winning vein center, a fully accredited wound care clinic, a birthing center, and cutting-edge urological care. Primary care is available to support all ages and stages. A CMS five-star rated hospital, we provide world class, high quality care. As a teaching hospital, Portneuf is committed to raising the bar in healthcare while also raising the next generation of providers. We are a top employer, hiring exceptionally well-qualified staff—1,500 and growing. 

Portneuf Medical Center plays a major role in the physical, mental and economic health of the entire region. We are proud of our commitment to the community’s health.

“I had been waiting for her” – Nurse Shares Special Patient Story

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

All caregivers have patients they will never forget. It comes with the territory – caring for people during their most challenging times in life. Extending compassion creates a connection.

For Portneuf Medical Center nurse, Wendy Allbright, RN, the patient she will never forget arrived in labor and delivery just over two years ago.

“Unfortunately, I knew my patient was not going to go home with a healthy baby,” Wendy shares. “This wonderful mom delivered the most beautiful 34-week stillborn baby girl. I had the honor of helping her through her long labor and then with bereavement care for her and her family. We found a beautiful yellow dress for the baby so the mom could hold her. This mom and baby touched my heart in such a special way and I just bonded with her. I prayed that someday she would return so I could be her nurse again.”

Last December, as Wendy arrived for her shift, their worlds came together once again.

“The same mom came back, this time in labor at full-term and ready to have another baby,” Wendy remembers. “I heard her voice from the other side of the hall. I immediately knew she was the one. I walked over and said, ‘I am going to be your nurse.’ She looked at me, and I looked at her and we hugged. I told her that I had been waiting for her to return.”

Healthcare is personal and having the privilege to help this family welcome a new baby was Wendy’s reminder of why she chose nursing.

“I had the honor of caring for her and was with her for the delivery of a beautiful healthy baby,” she adds. “Days like those make my job as a nurse so amazing. “

The connection between the two was highlighted in this comment from a patient survey:

“Wendy remembered me from when I lost my daughter due to stillbirth at 34 weeks in December 2017. She knew exactly what I needed and took extra care of me. She is one of the best nurses you have. Thank you.”

This story illustrates the Power of One – one person, in one moment, doing something that can change a life. We honor those who know it is more than medicine that heals people. With compassionate care and their purpose of caring for others, nurses are the heart of health care.

Portneuf Nurse Named 2020 Ardent Nurse of the Year

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Medical Center is honored to formally recognize Page Monney, RN at Portneuf Medical Center, as the Ardent Health Services 2020 inaugural Nurse of the Year. In February Monney, along with four other Ardent nurses were recognized as DAISY Award winners in their respective divisions.  On Wed, March 4, 2020, Ardent honored Monney with this recognition.

“I am delighted that Page Monney is our first Ardent Nurse of the Year” said Laurie Bigham, Ardent’s chief nursing officer. “He exemplifies the best of our profession, being truly present for his patients when they need him most. With 3,800 nurses in Ardent, this recognition is a high honor.”

Over the past two decades, Monney has worked in different nursing departments in the hospital. His recent DAISY Award highlights his service in the ICU. Monney recently cared for a family grieving the loss of their grandfather. A note from that family reads: “During the entire process, having him in the room was comforting to each and every one of us. We knew my grandfather respected him and respected his professionalism throughout his stay. Page was able to help my grandfather remain comfortable in his last few minutes with us and made the entire process of saying goodbye very peaceful.”

“Being a nurse is an honor and a privilege,” said Angela Treasure, Chief Nursing Office, Portneuf Medical Center. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Page for nearly twenty years.  He is one of the best, and his care of patients is extraordinary.”

“Healthcare is always changing. Past changes have been driven by science, innovation and technology. Today’s changes focus on people and quality care. My heartfelt thanks to all of our caregivers for the energy, innovation and patient-focus they bring to our hospital daily,” Mark Gregson, CEO said. “And congratulations to Page Monney.”

Magical Moments Baby Contest

Friday, February 14th, 2020


Magical Moments Baby Contest

POCATELLO/Portneuf – Congratulations to all our magical babies! The magical moments contest is about celebrating the precious lives that began at Portneuf Medical Center in 2019. When it comes to a newborn, there are hundreds of magical moments. Their first breath, first smile, first word, first laugh, first step and the thousands of other firsts. The gift of life is magical and we, at Portneuf Medical Center, feel blessed each year to be a part of celebrating thousands of baby’s first days.

Since the early 50s, we have celebrated the birth of over 80,000 babies. Today, we are happy to celebrate the winners of our fourth annual Magical Moments baby contest. Matthew Bombela garnered the most votes and Charlotte Reign Cedeno is the contest runner up.

These beautiful babies were among over a hundred babies entered in our online photo contest this year. Voting was based on public popular vote; the photo with the most likes at the close of the contest was selected for the grand prize.

We thank all those who submitted entries, voted, participated and grew to love the babies we all grew quite fond of over the last month. A special thanks the Portneuf Auxiliary for their generous support.

Through the years, we have been fortunate to help many moms and babies through many different, as well as difficult, birthing experiences. We provide a level of care to patients and their families that meet and even exceed expectations. Thanks for your continued support and if we can be of service, please reach out. We are here for you. We look with great anticipation to seeing babies born in 2020.


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.

Baby Girl is first baby born at Portneuf Medical Center in 2020

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Baby Girl is first baby born at Portneuf Medical Center in 2020

Pocatello, ID – A day after the New Year, a couple from Pocatello welcomed their first child into the world. We are pleased to announce that Baby Valery Skye is the first baby born in the New Year at Portneuf Medical Center; she was born at 11:14 pm on January 2, 2020.

New mom, Amanda Cazier, and new dad, Josh Summerlin, came to Portneuf on January 2nd around 8pm. While the actual due date was still a few days away, Josh was joking and said, “Wouldn’t it be fun if we had the New Year’s Baby.” Valery weighed eight pounds one ounce at birth and was 20 1/4 inches.

The parents are overjoyed by the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter.

Being the first baby born in the New Year, Valery and her family received an oversized giraffe stuffed animal along with a red wagon full of diapers, wipes, a baby rocker, baby monitor, baby gift set, a bath set, a diaper bag, a Boppy and more. The wagon of gifts was generously donated by the Portneuf Auxiliary.

The second child born received a newborn gift set complete with a comforter, a hat, onesie, toys, sock and a lovely handmade blanket.

Hospital volunteers run the auxiliary and raise money for worthy causes like scholarships, patient care initiatives and gifts for the New Year’s baby.


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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.

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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.

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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.