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Dr. Will Stinger and his wife Sara are both very excited to be returning home to Idaho. Dr. Stinger was born in Pocatello and attended Tyhee Elementary School through the third grade. When he was nine-years-old, his family moved to the small town of Greenleaf, Idaho on the far western side of the state. After high school, he returned to Pocatello and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at Idaho State University. While attending medical school in Des Moines, Iowa, and completing residency at the Altman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, he maintained his Pocatello cell phone number as he always knew he would return.

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World-Class Care

Courtesy: Idaho State Journal

The Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello is seeking verification as a Level II Trauma Center, officials said Monday.

Only two other hospitals in the state — the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls and the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise — have that verification and PMC officials hope to soon add their name to that list.

PMC SEEKS VERIFICATION AS LEVEL II TRAUMA CENTERPhoto: DOUG LINDLEY/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL
Dr. Kurtis Holt and Dr. Drew McRoberts are part of the team at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello that is seeking verification as a Level II Trauma Center.

“The hospital’s mission is to provide world-class care to Eastern Idaho, and if we’re going to provide world-class care, by definition we have to provide good trauma care,” said Dr. Drew McRoberts, trauma director at PMC.

McRoberts believes the hospital is already functioning as a Level II Trauma Center. As a result, that verification, if received, won’t change anything in the day-to-day operations, he said. But it will set the hospital apart as a quality caregiver.

It’s applying for the verification through the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.

McRoberts said officials will visit the hospital on Sept. 14 and 15 to determine if they are worthy of that verification.
“They look at our outcomes,” he said.

He adds that they examine the way the hospital cares for trauma patients and how successful it is in that care. They also look at its performance improvement program, which identifies and corrects any issues there may be at the hospital.

“We know that the best trauma care is given by centers that have the best systems in place,” McRoberts said. “(This is not about) one individual providing care, it’s the whole team.”

McRoberts said the verification request comes at an important time. The Idaho Legislature recently approved a plan to develop a Time Sensitive Emergency system for the state. And PMC will be designated as the lead hospital in the southeast region — one of six regions in the state.

“The timing is perfect,” McRoberts said, adding that the Time Sensitive Emergency system will focus on those calls in which quick response and treatment can make a difference in the outcome.

The statewide system of care will focus on three of the top five causes of death in Idaho — trauma, stroke and heart attack — and will address public education and prevention, 911 access, response coordination, hospital care and rehabilitation among other issues, according to www. tse.idaho.gov.

The Level II Trauma Center verification will go along with those goals.

McRoberts said PMC has already been working to improve public education programs that help prevent trauma emergencies, like falls. The hospital is working with Southeastern Idaho Public Health to teach fall-prevention at assisted living facilities, he said, and it has a free bicycle helmet program for children.

“Those are things you wouldn’t see, but we want to do behind the scenes to prevent trauma,” he said.

The Level II Trauma Center verification could help the hospital draw more patients, not only for trauma care, but for other services as well, McRoberts said.

And he believes the verification and associated requirements would benefit the public too.

Numerous studies have shown that the chances of survival are better if trauma patients receive care at a verified trauma center, McRoberts said. “Getting verification is a big deal,” he said.

Meet Morgan Yost, DO

The old adage, ‘it runs in the family,’ certainly holds true for the Yost family. Morgan Yost, DO, the youngest of seven children, is the fourth physician in his immediate family. The first was his father Christian Yost, DO who practiced pediatric medicine in Pocatello for 35 years. Morgan is proud to continue a legacy of care that spans over four decades.

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After graduating high school, Morgan, who was interested in a career in general surgery, took an opportunity to shadow a surgeon.

“Shadowing is an important part of learning what being a doctor is like,” Dr. Yost said. “Essentially you are there to watch and experience the nature of a practicing physician’s profession. I loved the idea that with surgical intervention you can make a significant difference in the lives of patients. I went to medical school with the intention of becoming a surgeon.”

Coming from a family of physicians, Dr. Morgan Yost received much guidance, insight and advice along the way. As he began his third year in medical school another physician, who was a close family friend, suggested that he consider otolaryngology, ophthalmology or radiology as future career opportunities. It was suggested that these specialties would accommodate a balanced lifestyle; something not often afforded to general surgeons.

“It was indicated that within these specialties I would be able to tailor my practice and have both a solid career and a more manageable lifestyle,” Yost said.

Additionally, Yost’s eldest brother, Con Yost, MD, neonatologist, instructed him to pick a specialty in which he had similar interests, goals and personality to others in that field. While there are exceptions and diverse personalities within each field, for whatever reason, otolaryngology has traditionally attracted ‘nice’ people. Even within the medical literature, the otolaryngologist has been referred to as the ‘mild mannered' physician. In truth, like attracts like. Otolaryngology seems to attract nice people who enjoy working hard and also enjoy surgery.

Dr. Yost discovered that the practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is as varied as the range of patients that present to his clinic. The practice requires both medical and surgical skills in the treatment of patients and otolaryngologists are able to maintain a hands on approach to the care of their patients.

With this advice, Yost graduated from ATSU Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO and completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville, MO.

Upon graduating residency, there was one more major decision for which Dr. Yost sought advice. Where to practice? Gentry Yost, MD, third son and pediatrician at the Pocatello Children and Adolescent Clinic was instrumental in guiding his younger brother.

“Gentry really was the driving force; he convinced me to come back home to practice medicine,” Dr. Yost said. “I have been told by many people that my mom, a hospice nurse, is also quite thrilled.”

Dr. Yost specializes in the medical and surgical management and treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck in both pediatric and adult patients. To schedule a consult, please contact his office, Portneuf Ear Nose and Throat Clinic 208-239-1960. He is presently taking new patients.