The Relationship Between Sleep and Stress

Many of the stressors we face day to day can trigger a fight-or-flight response. Prolonged exposure to this stress without relaxation can result in shorter sleep duration and poorer quality sleep.

When you experience stress, your body undergoes a hormonal response in the form of releasing cortisol and other stress hormones. This hormonal cascade creates a burst of energy that allows you to fight or flee from a real or perceived danger.

Prolonged stress levels therefore decrease sleep duration and reduce REM sleep, leading to poorer quality sleep, impaired memory and poorer... Read More »

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... Read More »

Portneuf Medical Center’s outpatient COVID-19 testing has been moved to Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU), 4400 Central Way, Trailer 2 in Chubbuck. The location change is effective starting Monday, November 30, 2020.

Testing at the ICCU location will be available Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Testing is conducted by PMC’s laboratory staff.

The testing trailer is located on the east side of ICCU’s campus in Chubbuck. Enter from... Read More »

To Our Team and Our Community, As we gather with our friends and family during this holiday season, I am humbled and filled with immense gratitude. On behalf of the Portneuf Medical Center team, thank you! The pandemic has changed our world. It has changed how we value our health and it has placed a spotlight on our frontline caregivers who show up each and every day for their patients, their families and their... Read More »

In response to the local increase in COVID-19 community spread, hospital admissions and emergency room visits, Portneuf Medical Center is revising its visitation policies. As of today, Friday, October 2, 2020 at 4 p.m., only on-duty staff, physicians and patients seeking care may enter the hospital or our clinics.

Recognizing the critical emotional and/or physical support provided in specific circumstances, exceptions to this policy include:
• Delivering mothers (one companion/visitor)
• Pediatric patients (parents/immediate caregiver)
• Ambulatory care and same-... Read More »

Portneuf has engaged Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services to manage inpatient rehabilitation services at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Under the agreement, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services will manage and operate Portneuf Medical Center’s 9-bed rehabilitation unit.

The rehabilitation unit has a long history of offering exceptional care to patients recovering from serious illness or injury, including stroke and brain injury. This new relationship with Kindred will build on that strong history and foundation.

“We believe a Portneuf and Kindred... Read More »

Portneuf Medical Center has appointed a new leader, Jordan Herget, as chief executive officer (CEO). He will begin his new role on August 24, 2020. Herget will succeed Mark Gregson who has served as interim CEO during a nation-wide search for a permanent leader.

Herget comes to Pocatello from Roseville, California where he was senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente. He had oversight of the 340-bed... Read More »

Some of Southeast Idaho’s largest organizations are joining forces in the fight against COVID-19. “Stay Smart. Stay Safe. Stay Open.” is the slogan for a new COVID-19 prevention campaign launched by Southeastern Idaho Public Health, Portneuf Health Partners, City of Pocatello, Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce, Idaho State University and Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25. The campaign is an effort to remind area residents the importance of... Read More »

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... Read More »

From wars to pandemics, when the world needs healing and support, nurses historically rise to the challenge. With the number of infections of COVID-19 increasing daily, nurses are needed now more than ever in hot spots across the country. Today, two Portneuf Medical Center registered nurses boarded an eastbound plane fully prepared to spend the next two weeks caring for COVID patients in New Jersey.

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